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    Aussie Blackberry Rollout Stalled By Work/Life Debate

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    A federal government department stalled the distribution of a new fleet of BlackBerries following fears the devices would have a negative impact on the work/life balance of staff.

    The Blackberries were purchased for the Minister for Environment, Water, Heritage and Arts Peter Garrett, as well as 40 other executives including senior departmental staff.

    However, access to the new devices was delayed after concerns were expressed about the BlackBerries infringing on the work/life balance of staff.

    According to a source within the department, who requested anonymity, there are a number of government decision-makers that believe executive staff should rarely be contacted after-hours and if necessary can be contacted by mobile phone.

    Staff expressed fears about BlackBerries contributing to a longer working day and felt it was going a step too far because mobile phones are adequate for out-of-office contact.

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    Re: Aussie Blackberry Rollout Stalled By Work/Life Debate

    ok, well this come under the area of "are you kidding me?"

    Of course it will infringe on the work/life balance. But as executives shouldn't you be available after hours? That just comes with the territory.

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    Re: Aussie Blackberry Rollout Stalled By Work/Life Debate

    We aussies like to have a few drinks and imagine what can happen with high profile government persons inebriated with access to the outside world via blackberry. Country would go to the dogs!!!

    But still is pretty lame. I can't live without mine!

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    Re: Aussie Blackberry Rollout Stalled By Work/Life Debate

    This must be a joke. Candid Camera must have been in the office on that day of discussion.

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