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BlackBerry Users Work Longer and Earn More

Sometimes, it's just nice to confirm the obvious.

It's not too surprising to find that BlackBerry users work more hours and have higher salaries. The way I figure it, the reason why average salaries and number of hours worked are higher for BlackBerry versus non BlackBerry users is due to the fact that BlackBerries are often held by executives and managers (along with consultants and some technical personnel). These people are more likely to be higher paid and work longer hours, regardless of the BlackBerry. Case in point, NFI Research did a survey in 2006 that found the majority of executives (58 percent) had work weeks that consisted of days with 10 or more hours of work. Of course, whether survey respondents included time spent on the BlackBerry in their "hours worked" isn't clear. The larger lesson is that companies must set expectations on how connected workers should be. With the exception of on-call workers, the fact that you have a BlackBerry shouldn't be an excuse for work to intrude into your private life. You should be able to work within the expectations set by your organization, then do something radical: Turn the thing off.

Sean Ginevan
NWC Contributing Editor

Owners of BlackBerry and other smartphone devices typically work longer hours and make more money (in part due to the fact that execs tend to get new technology first), but are also deeply ambivalent about whether their devices are a boon to or a drag on their ability to be productive yet have a life.

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