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Are you BlackBerry worthy?

Last weekend, at a Cleveland Park bar, we overheard a discussion of the BlackBerry cutoff, or what level of management you must rise to in a particular agency order to get issued a BlackBerry.

We're still not sure if it's a line worth crossing. A friend of ours noticed that managers with agency-issued mobile e-mail readers tend to answer their e-mail during the evenings and through the weekend—even if the email is not urgent in nature. Occasionally, when finishing up some work during these odd hours, she'd send off a few questions to her superiors, not expecting an answer until the next workday. Invariably though, responses would return within a few hours.

Do managers feel obligated in answering e-mail—non-emergency emails—during off-hours simply because they were issued the devices? Or do their personal lives need to be spiced up a tad?

Posted by Joab Jackson on Jun 02, 2008 at 9:39 AM

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