Get paid overtime for using your BlackBerry?

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OvertimeAn editorialist over at ITWeek has suggested that software should be developed for metering time spent on BlackBerrys so that corporate users could be paid overtime for working while not at work. With the feds here in Ottawa, it’s a given that you’re either on your BlackBerry nonstop, or you’re not a “team player” as it were.

The viability of something like BlackBerry overtime happening would not only rely on the corporate goodwill of management, but also on the costs of setting the system up. There would be an excessive amount of back-end paperwork in terms of payroll, involving dishing out pennies and dimes for two-second e-mail checks, not to mention administrative costs of maintaining whatever software solution was involved.

Of course, those aren’t absolute roadblocks – there are reasonable solutions to be found that could encourage extra productivity through BlackBerry usage while not being too much of a managerial hassle. If any corporate users out there have a system like this in place, we’d love to hear from you.

  • http://www.bonerosity.com/ Yonah

    While this might seem like a good idea on the surface, it can lead to bigger problems. For the minute we start measuring our afterhours e-mailing, our employers will also start monitoring our personal e-mails during the day a little closer and charge us for all of the ‘breaks’ and personal business we do with our blackberries.

    While it is nice to get an extra $40 or 50 bucks a day from your after-hours e-mails, it will hurt even more to lose $10 in pay for every grocery list e-mail from your spouse.

  • http://www.bonerosity.com Yonah

    While this might seem like a good idea on the surface, it can lead to bigger problems. For the minute we start measuring our afterhours e-mailing, our employers will also start monitoring our personal e-mails during the day a little closer and charge us for all of the ‘breaks’ and personal business we do with our blackberries.

    While it is nice to get an extra $40 or 50 bucks a day from your after-hours e-mails, it will hurt even more to lose $10 in pay for every grocery list e-mail from your spouse.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ Simon

    Isn’t identifying business from personal use of company property something that a company would do anyway, regardless of an overtime policy?

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com Simon

    Isn’t identifying business from personal use of company property something that a company would do anyway, regardless of an overtime policy?

  • R. Dykema

    No, generally companies are willing to cut you a little slack for using your business computer for personal business on company time, knowing that they cut into your personal time with occasional after-hours phone calls and e-mails. It nets out close enough.

    If there are any companies that are stupid enough to dock your pay for doing a little personal business on company time, those are the companies that should pay extra for asking for a little company business to be done on personal time.

  • R. Dykema

    No, generally companies are willing to cut you a little slack for using your business computer for personal business on company time, knowing that they cut into your personal time with occasional after-hours phone calls and e-mails. It nets out close enough.

    If there are any companies that are stupid enough to dock your pay for doing a little personal business on company time, those are the companies that should pay extra for asking for a little company business to be done on personal time.