Altruism fine, but the Orange Future Enterprise Coalition (OFEC) may have gone too far. Orange’s vp for business solutions, Alastair MacLeod, appears to be urging workers to turn off their Blackberrys.
“Mobile technology gives employees more control over their lives, but employers must encourage staff to ‘switch off’ and to learn the skills of virtual networking,” MacLeod commented.
He added, “Mobile data technologies are a force for good, but they can mean a trade-off between the freedom to work outside the office and the extension of work outside office hours.”
“Bosses must proactively encourage staff to mentally ‘switch off’ out of hours despite the demands of ‘always on’ mobile devices,” OFEC urges. If that isn’t a clear order to turn off your Blackberry, what is?