Ceramic Industry

Block BlackBerrys?

January 17, 2012
According to a report in the Financial Times, Volkswagen AG recently announced that employees (excluding senior management) will be blocked from receiving work emails on company BlackBerrys after work hours, reportedly to prevent employee burnout. Would you support this initiative at your company?

According to a report in the Financial Times, Volkswagen AG recently announced that employees (excluding senior management) will be blocked from receiving work emails on company BlackBerrys after work hours, reportedly to prevent employee burnout. In the last week’s CI CyberNews CyberPoll, we asked readers if they would support this initiative at their company.

Responses were fairly evenly split, with 45.5% supporting the initiative, 50% against and 4.5% uncertain. This question generated quite a few reader comments, including:

“Reading emails isn’t work.”

“If the message is actually important, they can call me on the phone; otherwise, it can wait until the next day.”

“It should be the responsibility of the individual to balance their own work/life. However, companies should not expect employees to respond out of hours unless contractually obliged due to callout, etc.”

“With a few exceptions, like safety & environmental incident reporting.”

“What’s the point of a BlackBerry if you don’t use it off hours? They could just have people check their email on their desktop.”

“While I’m sure many people would be happy to turn their phones off, others need to be saved from themselves. Blocking is ultimately in the best interest of the company and employees.”

“There are better ways to prevent employee burnout. If the company really needs someone to have a BlacBerry, the company needs to be able to contact that person ANY time. This, however, doesn’t mean that the person should be working ALL the time. Actually, being able to prevent employee burnout is related to having enough employees to do the job and also not creating artificial emergencies.”

“Yes, but they would still have to be able to receive phone calls in case of an emergency.”


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