Knowing what I know about my work life, I was intrigued by a survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, which found that 21 percent of organizations have a formal policy that limits employees’ use of wireless devices such as cellphones and tablets during nonworking hours for work purposes. Twenty-six percent have informal policies limiting their use. I get why companies are concerned about employees maintaining a balance between work and home life. Overworked and stressed staff can be a problem. But sometimes I work the hours when it’s reasonable for one to be asleep so that I can attend a function at my kid’s school. Or I need to carve out daytime hours to help my husband when he takes his father to a doctor’s appointment.
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