StonyandCher writes: Finally staff have realised that Blackberry devices can strip away a balance between your work and social spheres, and have expressed fears about these devices taking over their lives. An Australian federal government department stalled the distribution of a new fleet of BlackBerries following fears the devices would have a negative impact on the work/life balance of staff. Staff expressed fears about BlackBerries contributing to a longer working day and felt it was going a step too far because mobile phones are adequate for out-of-office contact. The Blackberries were purchased for the Minister for Environment, Water, Heritage and Arts, Peter Garrett, as well as 40 other executives including senior departmental staff. However, access to the new devices was delayed after concerns were expressed about the BlackBerries infringing on the work/life balance of staff. According to a source within the department, who requested anonymity, there are a number of government decision-makers that believe executive staff should rarely be contacted after-hours and if necessary can be contacted by mobile phone.