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Australian Government Delays BlackBerry Rollout Over Work-Life Balance Debate

It was recently reported that the Australian government delayed the rollout of new BlackBerries because of concerns voiced by staff that the devices would have a negative impact on their work-life balance. Those objecting to the devices argued that executive staff should rarely be contacted after-hours, and if necessary can be contacted by mobile phone. Other staff argued that a BlackBerry can contribute to work-life balance by facilitating telecommuting and more flexible schedules. According to government sources, the debate became quite heated.

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