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My wife’s employer has given her a Blackberry that is buzzing and ringing at all hours of the day and night. She’s an information management type and the thang will start ringing at 5am with people wanting her to tell what to do.
I have recently setup my work email on my Blackberry and have developed the nasty habit of checking my work email even when I’m technically “off duty”. Where do you draw the line between your time and work time, or has technology completely removed that line? These things designed to make our work life so much easier seem to be not so subtlety chaining us to work 24 hours a day and 7 days a week…
Addicted BlackBerry users have already nicknamed themselves crackberrys, but lawyers are now calling the digital device in the workplace something else: A lawsuit waiting to happen.
As employers hand out electronic devices to their employees at a greater pace, there are growing concerns that workers eligible for overtime pay, known as non-exempt employees, could begin suing their employers for overtime hours earned while tapping on their devices during after-work hours. As a result, lawyers are advising their corporate clients to update their policies and handbooks related to BlackBerry use and reconsider who gets a device.
Although experts said that they are not aware of any current lawsuits, they said it’s inevitable. “I’ll bet anything that a lawsuit is going happen,” says Robert Brady, founder and CEO of Business & Legal Reports, a company that works with human resource professionals to comply with the law.
Do new tools require a new mindset about how we work? Is the concept of a 8 hour work work day a thing of the past? Though nice sounding this notion of a new style of work is over shadowed by the fact that some of our evil over-lords seem perfectly happy to keep us electronically chained to work…
Originally touted as a personal productivity machine, the Crackberry is quickly becoming a time trap and the corporate drug of choice. If you have one, think about how many times you check your Crackberry in a day. Once, twice, or hundreds of times a day? Try counting. A lot of managers like to get their staff onto them so they can more easily intrude on their personal lives.
Employers, co-workers and clients expect more access to your personal time and expect emails responses in minutes and not hours. To compound this problem, with many features and software add-ons, there is a tendency to spend excessive time doing non-productive activities like playing cards on the Crackberry. In the end, this leaves you with less time to meet your deadlines and spend with your family or friends.
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