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Reaction to report on smartphone overtime

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It seems like many of you in the CBC Community are hooked on your work smartphones.

In our P.O.V. poll yesterday, we asked "Do you continue your work after office hours on your smartphone?" More than 23 per cent of you answered "Yes, but that's part of the job" in our unscientific poll. Another 22 per cent said "Yes, and I wish I could stop."

In our story about the way that smartphone can allow work hours to creep into our off hours, commenters were divided on whether this was a problem and on how to deal with it.

  • "Here's a novel idea. When you're not at work, shut the damn thing off. Simple. This society has become so ignorant through the use of technology that the simplest ideas are missed because people cannot communicate with each other anymore in person. Try living in the real moment of your life, instead of the cyber world where no moment exists," said idavid.

  • "The problem is that a lot of people's personal mobile and work mobile are one and the same," replied Lukehx.

  • "If you refuse to work the extra hours, or turn off your phone when you get home, you are passed over for raises and promotions," said kwsteve.

  • "What's wrong with that? If I want to work harder than you, I should get the promotion," replied LBW1972.

  • "I think the point is there is a fine line of being taken advantage of vs bidding for a promotion," replied GreekOrthodox74.

  • "Determining overtime might not be so simple. How many people have checked their work email before 8 AM, but have also checked their personal email, Twitter, or Facebook account between 9-5, when they are being paid to work?" said Leonard33.

  • "What I charge my employer for my services is my salary. This salary covers my time from Monday to Friday for 37.5 hrs a week. The rest of the time is my personal time to spend with my family, and it is certainly worth more than straight time or time and a half. I cannot imagine interrupting my family time for my employer ever!" said legendgt550.

And JohnCr wrote this in the comments on our P.O.V. post:

"Saw this nonsense coming years ago when the first cellphones were big cumbersome units. Was given one from work as an engineering type. When I went on the road it stayed in the same place as the government vehicle I drove at meal hours and in the evenings, in the parking lot.

"When I got back to my parent unit my boss asked me why I did not answer at lunch time? I pointed to the phone on his desk and ask him if it went to the officer's mess or to the restaurant with him at lunch time and never heard about it again.

"The electronic devices in today's society have become leashes tying everyone to work and without pay.

"When I got out of the service and worked for a civilian firm I was given a company cell phone and told it was to be on 24/7. I asked him if I was on the clock when it rang. He said no, so I left the phone on the bosses desk and headed for the door. He called me the next day and said, 'Forget I said that.'

"People have to stand up for themselves and legislation needs to be made to pay for time on the phone by companies who demand they are always answered."
Thank you, as always, for following our news coverage. Please feel free to comment on or challenge any of these points and continue the conversation below.

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