It is rather a common trend that people are not mindful of where and how they use their phones. Using your cell phone at work can be useful but it can also be very disruptive whether you make calls or you ping. When you are on your own time, the choice to turn off your cell phone is entirely yours. When it comes to using your cell phone at work, you have to be mindful of your co-workers and your boss not to mention your own ability to get your job done. Here are some rules you should follow if you have your cell phone at work.
Turn your cell phone ringer off
If you have your cell phone at work, it should not ring. If you do not want to turn off your cell phone completely, set it to vibrate. The sounds of different ring tones going off all the time can be very annoying to others. In addition, you do not want your boss to know how often you get calls.
Use your cell phone only for important calls
If you have your cell phone at work, you should only use it for important calls. What should you classify as an important call? The school nurse calling to say your child is ill or family emergencies that you must deal with immediately are important. Your friend calling to chat, your child calling to say the dog had an accident or your mom calling to tell you your cousin Femi is engaged should not be considered important.
Let your cell phone calls go to voice mail
While you are at work if you are in doubt about whether an incoming call is important, let voice mail pick it up. It will take much less time to check your messages than it will to answer the call and then tell the caller you cannot talk.
Find a private place to make cell phone calls
While it is okay to use your cell phone at work for private calls during breaks, do not stay at your desk. Find somewhere else to talk, where your conversation cannot be overheard, even if what you are discussing is not personal. You may be on a break but your co-workers have a job to do.
Don’t bring your cell phone to meetings
Even if you have your cell phone set to vibrate, if you receive a call you will be tempted to check the caller. This is not only rude; it is a clear signal to your boss that your mind is not 100 percent on your job. All calls can wait until your meeting is over or until there is a break. Remember, there was a time you had no cellphone and you survived.