Half of American adults own a smartphone, according to a recent survey conducted by Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. In fact, 79% have their phone with them 22 hours of the day, even while at work. While owning a smartphone has made life easier for most, there is etiquette for using technology at work that employees should follow:
- Keep phones and tablets on a remote area on your desk and/or workspace. By doing so, they will still be easily- accessible if needed but will not distract you from your work duties.
- Only answer your personal phone line for emergencies. Do not make taking personal calls part of your daily routine. If there is a reason why you need special access to your phone on a particular day, it may be a good idea to explain the situation to your supervisor. When answering your phone, step outside of the office and take your call outside.
- Using a smart-device to take notes during a meeting is okay—although there is still negative stigma associated with it. Some supervisors may think you are not paying attention, so announcing to the group that you use your smart-device to take notes may reduce that. In addition, using a tablet to take notes looks more professional than using a smartphone.
- Be careful what you access on your company’s wifi/server. If you hook up your device to your company’s wifi, chances are they can track your activity. In addition, if you are doing anything work-related on your device, it is important to have a password-protected phone, so that private business information cannot be accessed if someone were to get ahold of your device.
By exercising these etiquette tips while in the workplace you will have great success in your work performance. Keep your distractions at home and focus in the workplace.
Amanda Hopkins is a member of the Casino Careers, LLC Recruitment Team. She specializes in identifying resources to publicize career opportunities enabling qualified candidates to connect with Employers seeking their expertise. Amanda possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and was Editor-in-Chief of The Voice at Bloomsburg University in PA.
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