With mobile technology becoming more prevalent than ever before, both employers and employees are left to wonder –is there a time and place for smartphones in the workplace?
Approximately 68% of consumers between 18 and 38 years old think it is OK for employees to use their phone during the workday, according to a recent U.S. Cellular survey. This is not surprising given the fact the same survey showed 69% of people feel naked or anxious without their phones.
Mobile technology devices and accessories available to small to midsize businessesare helping to promote business continuity, optimize mobile workforce operations and track assets – allowing organizations to do more, save more and earn more. It allows employees to stay connected via calls, texts and emails, helps them review documents on the go and even enables them to join meetings and conference calls when out of the office.
The business advantages are all around. Yet, employers and employees would be remiss if they didn’t acknowledge that these helpful connected devices also can be a bit distracting. The key is finding the right balance and being mindful of one’s mobile manners. Here are a few tips to keep top of mind:
With just a few ground rules and a clear understanding by employers and employees on acceptable use, the presence of smartphones in the workplace can be a real benefit for everyone involved.
Russ Cullins is the store manager for U.S. Cellular in the Springfield market.
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