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Is it Acceptable To Be Expected To Be Reachable For Long Periods?
A brewing discussion in the texting thread is the influence mobile technology has had on the working culture. Time was, once someone finished work, they finished work. Sure, they had a house phone, but nobody expected them to be sitting by it waiting for a if they were needed. If a person couldn't be reached, they couldn't be reached.
Nowadays however cell phones are ubiquitous. People can be on call 24/7 if desired. The eight hour work day has been extended into the rest of the day for some people. Not the greatest thing in my opinion, but something of valid use to a degree in my opinion.
That kind of thing is something that really needs to be examined by society as a whole, and probably warrants its own thread (or two). Employers have way, way too much input into the lives of their employees, and just because technology allows you to run your infrastructure on a skeleton crew doesn't necessarily mean it's a good idea.
While I agree with this to a point, it is the state of affairs. And really, it depends on how it's being used. For example while on hurricane duty, while I was expected to be reachable for months at a time, I was only contacted as often as a hurricane was actually inbound to our area, so it was hardly an increase in stress or inconvenience.
I agree. In special situations, sure. On rotation, sure. Every fucking day, for years? No way. It's ridiculous. And, to TK... no, you're not always given "pager pay". And, it's not always infrequent. I've seen it morph into going from being a sometimes thing to being a constant thing, and yes, I'll admit I'm not speaking from an unbiased point of view.
The makers of the blackberry need to be drug out into the street and shot.
I disagree. When I was "on call" for months, the only way around it would have been to have dozens, possibly hundreds of people on eight hour shifts, just sitting there, waiting for a hurricane. Given the infrequency of the storms themselves it wasn't an issue at all.
It also helped that what I was on call for was something of actual importance. Had I been on call that long to basically do my regular job over the phone at random points I'd have been Hella pissed. Instead I was getting called to go help with an actual emergency.