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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    meeting minder, 22 Aug 2006 @ 4:17pm

    umm, can we talk?

    I've found that most meetings I attend contain 10 percent useful discussion interspersed with 90 percent off-topic wasting of time. It depends on who is running the meeting. The best folks keep it on topic and terminate when clearly the discussion is "done". But... there are plenty of meeting minders who allow the discussion to wander, or who feel the meeting has to go for the whole hour because that is what the room is scheduled for. Come on folks... an experienced employee's brain can figure out the point that is being made and the obvious implications thereof much faster than the speaker and responders can generate the words it takes to make all that explicit. Embrace multitasking! It enhances productivity!!

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