If you think no one notices when you take a quick peek at your blackberry, PDA, or cell phone you are wrong. It interrupts everyone and lets everyone know you are not paying attention. This is especially discourteous in meetings with customers. That is why companies are setting policies forbidding the use of personal devices in meetings. Some companies ban personal devices from meeting rooms and threaten confiscation.
"So many people would come to the meeting and have their BlackBerry turned on and constantly fiddle with it while they're talking or you're talking," said Finkelstein, the company's president and chief executive officer. "It's hard to stay focused, and it's clearly rude. More than once, people have gotten annoyed."
"No phone zone. Check your cell phones and crackberries at the door, or they will be confiscated."
Can you believe that someone on a job interview would interrupt the interview to check his blackberry? How to clearly demonstrate your cluelessness.
"When you're an interviewer, you're looking for somebody who wants to find a job," she said. "It's a nonverbal indicator of what's to come. I was very polite and professional and told him, 'Obviously, this is not your top priority. My time is very valuable to me. I don't feel as if it's as important to you as it is to me."
Electronic Devices At Work Tips:
- Don't bring electronic devices to meetings. You will be tempted to look at them. It will be noticed, no matter how quick or covert.
- Use vibrate mode when at work. No one else wants to hear your cool ringtone.