by Mike Masnick

Companies Now Banning The Crackberries They Forced Everyone To Carry

from the what's-good-for-me... dept

Over the last few years, many companies have been gleefully handing out Blackberry devices to all their employees, hoping to have them "on call" 24/7. Of course, that's created a new problem. Employees are bringing those Blackberry devices to meetings and can't put them down, leading companies to institute new policies banning the devices from meeting rooms. This shouldn't come as a huge surprise, as there were already questions about mobile phone etiquette in the office, but it's extra amusing to see it with the so-called "Crackberries," since so many companies eagerly gave them out to people to "keep them working."

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    Not for me!, 22 Aug 2006 @ 10:03am

    Speak for yourself...

    'Focus on your personal life on my time, and I will look for ways to get rid of you and replace you with someone who "gets it." '
    -- John Q Public

    Dear John,

    My "Personal" life is far more important than anything I do or could be expected to do at work. I work at a regional bank and am solely responsible for the real-time online banking systems (hardware and software) for over 30,000 customers and I am on call 24/7/365. If a friend or family member contacts me in the middle of a work day with an emergency, you'd better believe that they will be given priority over "Work" with no contest. If work calls me in the middle of the night, and something isn't on fire, I go back to sleep, it can wait. There's always another job, no matter how "important" you might think you are at your current one, and Friends and Family far outweight my employer.

    If you feel otherwise, then I'd hate to be your friend, family, or employee.

    Maybe we could schedule an uneducational and boring meeting to discuss it... oh wait, that's my wife calling.

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