Hanging up on dialing and driving

Survey dispels myth that banning employees from using cellphones while driving hurts productivity
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 10/16/2006

Some employees feel that talking on the phone while driving makes them more productive, according to a survey in British Columbia. But precisely the opposite was discovered after a one-year employee ban of the practice by AMEC, the international project management and engineering services company.

The B.C.-wide survey of 500 adults conducted by the Mustel Group on behalf of AMEC found that 46 per cent believed productivity is affected if workers are banned from using cellphones while driving. However, 90 per cent of respondents stated that talking on a cellphone impacts a person's ability to drive safely.

However, AMEC polled more than 600 employees in September — the one-year anniversary of the company's corporate policy prohibiting employees from using wireless devices while driving during work.