Work life, personal life and the smartphone

Work life, personal life and the smartphone
All companies examine ways to increase productivity, and many find ways to do that while easing the pressure on their employees at the same time. While that may seem oxymoronic in the current economic environment, companies that are not afraid to think outside the box have some very unusual ideas to achieve such goals.

Not surprisingly, the smartphone is part of that equation. The “always-on” environment we live in does not always result in an increase of productivity. That is why Atos, an information technology company, will be phasing out all emails amongst employees by the end of 2013. Daimler, the quintessential automaker, will enable employees to have all incoming emails automatically deleted while they are on vacation at the beginning of the New Year. The sender will get an auto-reply instructing them where to redirect the message.

Sam Chapman is the CEO of Empower Public Relations in Chicago, after becoming so hooked on his BlackBerry that he was checking his device when no notifications were coming in, began to instruct his company of 20 employees to start turning off their devices from 6pm to 6am during the week, and altogether during the weekend for all work-related uses. The policy applies even while traveling.

The stress levels are rising for employees. The Pew Research Center conducted a study covering 2,254 adults with cell phones and found the 44% slept with the device at their bedside. 67% experienced “phantom rings,” thinking their device provided some type of notification when nothing happened. 37% of those studied said they could live without their devices entirely, which is up from 29% in 2006.

Chapman contends that productivity within his company has increased since adopting the new policy. However, such a solution is clearly easier said than done for many companies. Start-up firms trying to work with new clients are an example of such circumstances.

As companies determine what the best course is for them, as the technology continues to evolve and we continue to demand more from it, the best course of action, regardless of whoaddicted we may be to our “CrackBerry” or “iDevice,” will be what each person chooses. It is pretty obvious we are not going to be giving up on the technology.

source: The New York Times

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5 Comments

1. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

this policy needs to be adopted for personal life also not just the business world. When I go out with my lady I turn my phone off. I sometimes want to get up and slap couples at restaurants when I see them staring into their phone more than staring at each other

2. milesboy5

Posts: 179; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

It is refreshing almost to have the night with your girl without having a cell phone with you. Although some people may need them for work related issues... I still think this generation needs to realize how to take a break from the dang things.

3. nghtwng68

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 26, 2009

So true. A sense of staying in the moment and separation of device needs to happen or a slave to them we'll remain. When out with my lady my phone is on quiet so that my attention is to her and not more on a device. A time to check your phone and not check your phone is needed.

5. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

If one can not realize when it is approriate to use their phone and when it isn't they shouldn't have a cell phone. At the same time how are you going to tell someone they can't use a device they paid for and pay monthly for as well. It each persons responsibility to use their own device appropriately.

4. McLaren unregistered

This generation has experienced a technology boom(Baby boom remember,some countries!!!). The next one is much worse.An example is a relative's 5 years old daughter who received an ipad 3 for christmas!!!WTF! To be honest,I still use a Nokia 701 when going out especially cause it's solid and easy to use in a hurry and keep my s2 only for indoor.After 1 year,I've noticed that I can actually live with the 701 the way we used to live with feature phones,but much smarter.For the s2,once I touch it,it's total addiction.But it's way much smarter than the Symbian.

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