How Do Your Mobile Manners Stack Up?

October 27, 2015

 

Have you ever waited in line for coffee and the person in front of you is so engaged in texting that they ask the barista to wait to take their order? Or in the middle of a face-to-face conversation with a colleague, they decide to check their text messages? If you are like me, I am sure you wish people practiced better etiquette when using their devices in public areas and in the workplace. 


To ensure that you stay on track and don’t offend take a look at my tips below:

 

  1. Remember, etiquette is about making others feel comfortable and building positive relationships. Keep in mind how you want to be perceived. Do you want to be seen as considerate and respectful of others, or self-centered and rude?

  2. When attending group meetings, put your phone on vibrate and avoid checking it every time it does.

  3. If you have scheduled a meeting that will run more than an hour, factor in time for participants to check their devices.

  4. If meeting attendees have laptops and iPads, ask them to minimize the windows that are unrelated to the topic at hand.

  5. If you are meeting with a colleague and you are expecting an important call or e-mail, let the person know in advance that you may need to step out of the meeting temporarily.

  6. Always refrain from talking on the phone in the restroom at work or in public.  You never know who is in the stall next to you! 

  7. Avoid the urge to check your phone while talking with a colleague or client.  Building relationships is about making others feel important. Checking your phone every time it beeps diminishes that process.

 

Feel free to add any of your own in the comment section below.
 

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