Wireless

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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    Brad Eleven, 22 Aug 2006 @ 10:54am

    same old problems, amplified by tech

    Oh, come now. None of you've been around long enough to have experienced meeting pushback?? It's not the Blackberry device per se; it's whatever the meeting members can find to occupy their attention so that they don't actually have to "be" at the meeting.

    Yes, it's ironic that the very same devices were issued/pushed onto these employees, for the purpose of having them available more often.

    "Hear, hear", waitasec. People will continue to find ways to not actually participate, much less *listen* at meetings. This is a two-way street, though: It's silly to simply expect people to listen without being attracted, enrollled, or otherwise interested.

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