Much has been written lately about the problem of BlackBerrys and employee overtime. A host of lawsuits have arisen in the past year as the legal system attempts to close the technological gap the device has created. How much do BlackBerrys intrude into employees’ non-work lives? An average of 15 hours a week in the UK, according to employment law firm Peninsula. According to the firm’s survey of over 600 employees, the additional internet time is boosting the work week to almost 60 hours.

As is the case with a lot of the smartphone metrics these days, the recession is a major driving factor.

"The recession has forced everyone to become more productive and for those with access to work at home, this is an opportunity for them to catch up or get ahead," says Peter Bone, Managing Director for Peninsula.

By Mark Alvarez