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Companies institute policies to break ‘CrackBerry’ addiction

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Companies institute policies to break ‘CrackBerry’ addiction
While mobile technology has enabled us the freedom to communicate from anywhere, the flip side is many people end up putting in endless time working when they should be enjoying some time away from the office. Several companies are taking a stand against the dreaded ‘CrackBerry’ addiction with some new company policies that are aimed at giving workers a break.

German automobile manufacturer, Volkswagen, has implemented a new policy that will put employee’s BlackBerry emails into a blackout-mode outside of their workday. The device will only receive company communications half an hour before their shift begins to half an hour afterwards. While the new policy does not apply to board level executives, at least some people at VW will get some email-free time.

Similarly, a Telecommunications company known as Deutsche Telekom started a “Smart-Device-Policy” that relies on employees to claim communication-free time outside of their shifts. The program works by management making a promise that they will not expect employees to read e-mails or pick up the phone at all times outside of the workday.

Finally, Kasper Rorsted, the chief executive at Henkel, declared the week between Christmas and the New Year, ‘BlackBerry-Free Week’ for the management board. He said, “I don't want to have to read mails just because someone is bored somewhere and wants to show he's busy.

source: Reuters

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posted on 23 Dec 2011, 11:01 1

1. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)

When I clicked on this article I thought it was about orders for Crack being made using BBs lol

posted on 23 Dec 2011, 11:12 3

2. Gawain (Posts: 426; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)

"a Telecommunications company known as Deutsche Telekon" ~~ LOL...Deutsche Telecom. They've been in the news quite a bit, as they are the owners of T-Mobile USA, and the T-Mobile brand worldwide. They are also one of the largest telecom companies in the world.

posted on 23 Dec 2011, 19:38

3. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

ha, Tmobile is cracking down on phone usage! :) isnt that just funny. Thats like ford telling their employees not to drive their fords for the weekend. :)

posted on 24 Dec 2011, 04:18

4. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 525; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

yeah O.o i think that's odd.. if people want to work on their time off let them.. since when have companies complained before about getting people to work off the clock and not have to worry about getting sued..?

posted on 24 Dec 2011, 14:22

5. kexah (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

Yup! Everyone is free.. If they want to work on their free time.Its their Choice..

posted on 25 Dec 2011, 08:10

6. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

the point is its not always a choice. a lot of people are expected to reply to emails and do thing on their time off. it interferes with family/work balance and leads to a higher rate of attrition, divorce, family issues, alcoholism, ect.

posted on 25 Dec 2011, 13:42

7. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

u make it seem like a horrible thing.. if it is part of the job then its part of the job.. it might not be "ideal" to be working outside the office and if some companies dont want to then thats great for them.. but a lot of companies expect it and if it is influencing a persons life that much, then they should quit the job or deal with it... the job is not going to change for them, especially in this economy

posted on 28 Dec 2011, 09:09

8. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)

however an economy should not inflict on a persons right to have an obligatory feeling that he or she should be working when it's in fact their day off.

im not gonna go as far as alcoholism (as there still needs to be personal accountability; meaning DONT read the email then!), however I like that some companies are giving a little more freedom in that they shouldnt feel obligated to read something on that day off.

I'm sure some cellphone managers would agree that they dont "get a day off" because they worry that the store is going to go to hell because they arent "in the loop."

This is a blessing, not a curse; no need to be such a realist with "they should quit the job or deal with it." A happy employee will ALWAYS work harder for you.

so pardon my realism when i say "get a clue?" ;)

posted on 28 Dec 2011, 14:59

9. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

well it shudnt in theory, but in reality it will.. and the realism is that they either need to deal with the job or not be able to fufill it... yes it would be nice to have the job fit you and blah blah but thats not gonna happen.. some jobs require work outside the office some dont.. and if companies like these take actions to prevent it then i applaud them, but many wont and that something yo uhave to take into consideration when getting the job..

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