My boss paged me a couple of weeks ago on the public PA (because I was not at my desk) and decided that I should have a company cell phone so he could always reach me. The phone's great, but I'm expected to have it on my person 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I can't make personal calls on it...it's just so my boss can get hold of me. Is this normal? I feel like I've been chipped or something. Can he really ask me to be available to him 24/7 without offering extra compensation? I'm salaried, but this wasn't part of the deal when I got hired. This phone is like a big millstone hanging off my belt and it's causing fights with my wife. Is there some kind of logical argument I can offer my boss to say "no thanks" to this electronic tether? Or am I just stuck with it because that's the way of the future? Should I be flattered that my boss thinks I'm important enough that I need to be able to be reached at any time? That's why my wife thinks but I'm not so sure. Can I ask for more money now that I'm expected to be on call all the time? Anyone else with this problem?
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