Ever face an obnoxious co-worker texting during your killer presentation on your latest deep-dive data analysis? You’re likely not alone.
It turns out that 64 percent of CIOs are encountering breaches in workplace etiquette because of cellphones, tablets and other mobile multitasking-enabling devices, up from 51 percent three years ago.
The numbers come from Robert Half Technology. Though they make use more productive, mobile devices can also be a “round-the-clock distraction,” observed John Reed, a senior executive director with Robert Half Technology, in a statement.
We kind of feel like we shouldn’t have to share RHT’s tips on avoiding problems with your co-workers – not to mention, managers – but with so many people answering so much email during meetings, we guess we should.
- Avoid surfing the Internet while talking. Peering at your email during a conversation or presentation is downright rude.
- Leave voicemails that are to-the-point. Don’t be long-winded.
- Choose your communications medium carefully. Delicate discussions are better over the phone. A quick answer can be handled via IM.
- Avoid multi-tasking to the extreme. Resist the temptation to check your emails, your social media status and text messages during meetings.
Or, you could go to a real extreme, and turn your devices off entirely when you’re in a meeting.