Orange says Blackberrys are bad for you

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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?

  • Rick

    I don’t think that’s a clear order to trun off the blackberry I just think it’s a clear order to up your quality of life – when you leave the office leave the office.

    Your blackberry allows you to work in different locations or travel for the day and not lose the whole next day trying to catch up, the purpose is NOT to have you work every waking moment.

    I see this as a good thing – I have a wife and a son, however 1 week a month I am on call 24/7 – the other 3 weeks the email alert gets turned off when I leave the office and then it just becomes my cell phone, because my wife and my son are far more important then any job will ever be

  • Rick

    I don’t think that’s a clear order to trun off the blackberry I just think it’s a clear order to up your quality of life – when you leave the office leave the office.

    Your blackberry allows you to work in different locations or travel for the day and not lose the whole next day trying to catch up, the purpose is NOT to have you work every waking moment.

    I see this as a good thing – I have a wife and a son, however 1 week a month I am on call 24/7 – the other 3 weeks the email alert gets turned off when I leave the office and then it just becomes my cell phone, because my wife and my son are far more important then any job will ever be