Cell Phone Don’ts at Work

Do you bring your cell phone to work?  Could you be damaging your professional image with your cell phone behaviour?  Take a look at these cell phone don’ts for work and see if you are guilty of any of them:

Having a loud or distinctive ring tone.  Do you really want everyone to know how many personal calls you receive while you’re at work?  Keep your phone on silent.

Doing a lot of texting or taking a lot of personal calls.  If you are playing with your phone every time your manager walks by, he is going to start to wonder how much work is actually getting done.  Limit your phone use to important matters, and step outside to find a private place to conduct your business.

Bringing your phone into the bathroom.  It’s gross.  Enough said.

Spending your whole lunch break on the phone.  Lunch time is a valuable opportunity for you to connect with your coworkers and form relationships.  When you are on your phone for your whole lunch break, you send the message that you aren’t interested in making those connections.

Bringing your phone to meetings or looking at your phone while you’re talking to someone.  This behaviour communicates that you view the conversation as unimportant.  Make the person standing in front of you your top priority.

Updating social networking sites.  Resist the urge to login to social networking sites at work.  Even if you only intend to be on there for a minute, it is easy to lose track of time and end up wasting an hour.

Sending your coworkers work related text messages.  While this may not be a problem, make sure that you ask your coworker first.  Many people don’t text, and depending on your coworker’s cell phone plan, they may be charged to receive your message.

It’s convenient to bring your cell phone to work and text messaging is a quick way to check in with your family.  Most employers understand that a few phone calls and text messages a day help their employees to achieve a healthy work life balance.  However, like other workplace privileges, it is important that you don’t abuse it.

(Written by Karen Bivand)

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