You Mean Once We're Always Connected, We Can Always Be Bothered?
from the two-sides-to-every-technology dept
While some people hail devices like the Blackberry that allow constant mobile access to email or other work information as a godsend, they tend to ignore the downside of anytime, anywhere connectivity -- that you're connected any time, anywhere. Too often the devices are accompanied either by an expectation that their users are available for work matters all the time, or an expectation or behavior from users that they should be checking them all the time. As these technologies become more pervasive and popular, the ability to "switch off" may get even harder for some people. Employers need to understand that just because their employees can be connected and available all the time doesn't mean they should be. Workers should also realize that having a Blackberry doesn't mean the workday suddenly just got expanded to 24 hours, either. Still, for those that absolutely can't bring themselves to put the devices away when they're on vacation, they can stay at one Chicago hotel that says it will take them away and lock them up from willing guests.