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June 09, 2008

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Erik

Vigorously seconded on the use of cellphones in bathrooms, it is in extremely poor taste. However, I think leaving your phone at your desk rather than take it meetings should be done only in extreme cases of email-checker-itis. I find having my email with me can make me less distracted because I'm not looking at the clock and wondering when the meeting will be done so I can, you know, get back to productive work.

Shannon

Thanks for your opinion, Erik. I agree - you definitely have to use your own judgment on whether or not to take your phone with you, but for most of us it's usually best to leave it at our desks.

Mark McClure Coaching

Commuters riding the trains in Tokyo regularly hear announcements reminding them to turn the phone off or use manner mode.
Most folks seem to follow that.

In the world of multinational foreign corps in Japan that I know of, answering mobile phones in open plan offices (usually half height cube farms) is generally frowned upon and most people go out into the nearest corridor or private room to take an urgent call.

As far as taking phones to meetings...I guess it depends on the job function. For IT staffers in the operational front lines it is pretty much mandatory to have a phone with you because when major computer trouble brews, escalation procedures normally see a large group of impacted IT people get alerts to join a multi-party conference call.

Now that is a subject for a whole different post!!

regards

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Well, I definitely agree with you there, these cell phone etiquette is really need to keep disruptions to a minimum and keep peace in the office. I enjoyed reading your article. It makes a lot of sense. Thanks for sharing this post. -seff-

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I find having my email with me can make me less distracted because I'm not looking at the clock and wondering when the meeting will be done so I can, you know, get back to productive work.I enjoyed reading your article. It makes a lot of sense.

What I hate is when I'm asking a co-worker a work question and they blow me off to answer a personal cell call. Epitome of rudeness.

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Really, when it comes down to it, all of these simple guidelines outlined in the post are nothing more than common courtesy. I try to take note of what offends me as rude and not repeat the same behavior myself. I never treat a phone call as more important than the person I have sitting or standing right in front of me - and that has served me well.

Sarah

it can be very annoying when people just let their phone ring without caring about what their coworkers think about the obnoxious behavior

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Charles Owens

I hate my coworker. He constantly talks on the phone and it drives me crazy. I should link this post to him but I don't want to come out too forward. Maybe I'll just have it on my screen when he comes by. Maybe he will see it that way.

Jared Cole

If co-workers are being disruptive with their cell phones, consider a direct, honest, but respectful approach with them. You might cause more problems with such a passive action like you suggested. Use your best judgement when trying to solve the issue. Thanks for the feedback!

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