The Thing about NO Technologies

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RG Stoplights (240)This morning, InfoWorld put forward a piece by Galen Gruman, “Why you should embrace the cost of mobile.” Reading Galen’s pieces, you quickly learn at least two things: He is a very big Apple proponent. And, he is big on mobile technology.  So much so, you need to check the shade of rose colored glasses he’s wearing as you read his pieces.

Even so, his latest piece is one of the better, the few, pieces of it’s kind taking a real-world look at the value Mobile bring to business.  I particularly enjoyed the second page, discussing the impact of ‘No’ technologies vs. ‘Yes.’

We have each found ourselves confronted by No.

These are the tools that limit internet access, block access to social media, scan your email for too many flesh-toned pixels, or Blackberry cell plans with SMS disabled (yes, really).

jtpedersen_stop_control_no_technologiesA major automotive manufacturer I did work for last year, was Big on No.  No, you can’t take the laptop home. No, your ID badge will not let you come in early (nor stay very late).  No, you can’t use the internet for doing research (without a special one-day access request being granted).  No, we won’t work with you on your cell bill (though being to reach you by cell was expected).

You know what?  I followed their example and did No work outside normal hours.  No, I did not give them my cell # for use on my dime.  But Yes, it felt great.  When I left for the day, I left.  Very liberating feeling actually, after 15 years of being almost always accessible.

Seems petty at times.  Other places, I’ve probably worked as much as 50% more because the tools and flexibility enabled doing so…and the company understood the value.

So, what do you think?  When a company employs No technologies in an effort to control you, what is the impact? Do they achieve what they’re after?

Image credit(s):
Stop:  Svilen Milev
Signals:  Asif Akbar