Step away from that BlackBerry (Editor’s notes)

Balancing giving staff smartphones against risks of unpaid overtime
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/26/2012

No matter what you’re doing, it’s impossible to resist that little vibration. Whether you’re at the movies, enjoying dinner with friends or attending your child’s school recital, it’s an irresistible siren call.

It becomes a question of when, not if, you’re going to sneak a quick peek at your smartphone to find out if the vibration means a text from a friend or an email from your boss.

Most people I know who have a company-issued smartphone like it. But there’s no denying the encroachment on personal time. In Canadian HR Reporter, one theme we often touch on is the importance of work-life balance and the many benefits — for employers and employees alike — of time away from the workplace to relax and recharge.