Thursday, May 05, 2005

The Wonders Of Modern Technology?

A recent study by a Psychologist at the University of London suggests that constant text messaging and use of email reduces mental capability and performance by the equivalent of 10 IQ points.

More and more businesses are becoming aware of the effect on productivity of the use of personal mobile telephones during working hours and a sizeable number of dismissal cases now relate to unauthorised use of work IT for personal activities.

Any well-run business will want to have an IT policy making clear what is and is not allowed – many of the cases where unfair dismissal has been found have arisen because proper parameters were not set. A good argument can be made for a blanket ban during work time in view of the apparent interruptions to concentration which email and text can bring.

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