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In today’s competitive business world, it is essential that we give our best effort to our work. Whether it is just a temporary assignment or a permanent job, full-time or part-time placement, our employer deserves our complete attention while we are on the clock. But it is very easy to get distracted by our personal cell phone!
Posting pictures, texting and responding to personal emails on our phone can really impact job performance, productivity and in some cases, lead to termination.
During orientation, your company Manager may discuss the personal cell phone policy. If not, ask a Manager or Human Resource Representative about the cell phone policy at the company. Some companies strictly forbid personal cell phone use on the job. Others request that you use your personal phone for emergencies only. Many request that you use your phone with discretion. If your company states the latter, it is very important that you follow certain rules of etiquette.
First, you must use good judgement to distinguish between what is an important call, and a call that can wait. For example, the school nurse calling to say your child is ill classifies as important. This is an emergency that needs your immediate attention. Your friend calling during work hours to say that she got engaged is something that can wait until your lunch break.
While cell phone use is perfectly fine during breaks, do it away from your desk. Even if the nature of what you are discussing is not personal, it can be very distracting to other employees. You may be on your break, but your co-workers are not. Go to a private area to talk, where no one else can overhear your conversation.
Second, be sure not to text, check social media, post your status, or play games during work hours. Burying your nose in your phone is a clear sign to your boss that you are distracted and not engaged with the tasks at hand. Also, there are time stamps on social media. So, if your posts are public, others can see that you are posting at work. This looks very unprofessional. Taking “selfies” at work, no matter how cute you think your outfit looks, is never acceptable.
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