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.
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    Tin Ear, 8 Jun 2006 @ 12:11pm

    Reminds me of a joke...

    It goes like this:

    A doctor is at a 'high class social' party. He spots an acquaintance across the room, whom he knows is an attorney. He makes his way across the floor and engages in small talk. During the conversation, he mentions that it's difficult to attend functions like the party without people coming up to ask him about any number of maladies and ailments. He explains that he feels he should offer them advice, but it's a burden on his time off from his work. "How do you handle people requesting your professional service in a social setting?" he asks the attorney. "Simple," replied the attorney, "I simply send them a bill for services in the morning."
    "That's a great idea!" exclaims the doctor, "Thank you for telling me about it." "No problem" says the attorney and they part company and go off to enjoy the party.

    The next day, the doctor gets a bill for the attorney's advice in the mail.

    As far as I'm concerned, if it isn't during 'work hours', it's worth a lot more than my hourly pay to reply to a work related message. I think I would write an auto-respond message saying that I would get to any messages as soon as I got back to the office.

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