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BlackBerrys aren’t causing work/life imbalance

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According to a study conducted by Peninsula, which specialises in employment law, owners of Research in Motion phones work up to 15 hours extra per week. This is attributed to the fact that BlackBerrys offer an “always-on” push email service. As a result, users are themselves constantly at the beck and call of clients, bosses and underlings.

It’s an attention-grabbing headline, that’s for sure. But somehow the notion of the BlackBerry being the cause of a longer working week doesn’t stack up.

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That’s mostly because in order to be given a BlackBerry by your employers you’re likely to be someone whose importance to the firm means that you’d work longer than average hours anyway. Rather than the BlackBerry being the cause of extra work, it’s actually just a symptom of your pre-existing working conditions.

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