Let's face it. What gets us through the work day, even when we love our jobs and contract assignments, is checking our personal email. This is especially the case when there's a national tragedy like yesterday's at the Boston Marathon or when we are in the midst of a new romance or waiting for news of the birth in the family.
So, it might turn out that BigLaw firm King & Spalding has been totally ham-handed in issuing the decree that as of May 1, 2013, members of the firm will no longer have access to their personal email accounts, e.g. gmail.com. In Abovethelaw.com, Joe Patrice provides K&S' rationale: Inviting in a Trojan Horse. Then Patrice explains that the new policy forces employees to monitor and reply to personal mail on their smartphones. Anyone who has done that when a few hours away from the laptop understands how time-consuming the process is. In addition, will employees decide that it is politically more savvy to do that smartphone check when they are in the rest room or on a stairwell.
Obviously, plenty of time is being wasted. Also a resentment will fester. Dealing with smartphones, at this stage of the technology, is a pain in the neck.