The New Rules for Your Cell Phone at Work

March 12, 2012 | By | Comments (3)

When your cell phone accompanies you to the office, it’s no longer a toy. Make sure it acts like a grownup and doesn’t distract others from work.

That’s a message we hear frequently nowadays, as people try to figure out how to politely integrate their new technology into the workplace. But what constitutes good manners? In a recent story in the New York Times,  writer Eilene Zimmerman offered these tips:

  1. Work is for work, so don’t play games on your phone or update your Facebook status.
  2. During meetings, turn off the gadget or leave it back at your desk. You don’t want to appear distracted.
  3. If you must make a personal call at work, find a private place to talk. Hallways and stairwells are not private.
  4. Don’t walk around the office wearing your wireless headset. Other people don’t want to look at you while you’re blinking.

Anything else to add to the list (or delete from it)? How do people use their cell phones at your office? Is it a help or hindrance to getting work done?

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