Banning Cell-Phone Use While Driving Doesn’t Reduce Productivity

This article in today’s New York Times talks about the increasing trend of companies to forbid their employees to talk on their cell phones while driving. Many companies report that this doesn’t negatively affect productivity because many calls are  unnecessary and because travelers arrive at their destinations experiencing less stress (btw: stress decreases cognitive flexibility, aka creativity). Even though the transportation safety data is clear about the dangers of cell-phone use while driving, there still is a lot of resistance to these policies.


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