A friend invited me to Wine on Wednesdays at the Columbia Club downtown. Upon arriving, I was presented a flute of champagne. The host introduced the champagne and I walked into the room. As I raised the flute to sip the champagne, I could smell ginger immediately. And sure enough, I could taste it.
As I meet with representatives from large and small corporations, I hear a recurring theme when workplace etiquette is discussed. Please talk about cell phone use! OMG, cell phones are driving us crazy. Some of our employees are glued to their cell phones.
It never fails. From overhearing inappropriate conversations to daily misuse, the cell phone is reeking havoc. Maybe it's not the cell phone but the people using the cell phone. Technology has consumed our society in lightning speed. So fast that very few parameters have been put in place to manage it. For those who don't possess a certain savoir faire, their actions come across as rude, inconsiderate and declasse'.
YOU MIGHT BE RUDE IF YOU:
# PRETEND YOU’RE ON THE PHONE TO AVOID ENGAGING WITH COLLEAGUES AND LEADERSHIP
# TALK SO EVERYONE CAN HEAR YOUR CONVERSATION
# LEAVE YOUR PHONE ON YOUR DESK UNMUTED
# ANSWER YOUR PHONE WHILE CONVERSING WITH SOMEONE
# TAKE PERSONAL CALLS AT WORK WHILE SITTING AT YOUR DESK
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