In typical, irreverent fashion, the Register reports on a T-Mobile study that says cellular phone users are rude.
For those currently awaiting instructions from above, T-Mobile offers a handy list on how to avoid infuriating your co-workers:
- Ensure your mobile phone is off or on silent mode during meetings
- Do not answer calls during meetings
- Do not send text messages during meetings
- Do not leave your mobile device on the table in vibrate mode
- If you are expecting an important call during a meeting, let the participants know at the beginning of the meeting. When you receive the call, discreetly excuse yourself from the room
- Ask yourself: “Do I really need my mobile device for the time period of this meeting or can I leave it behind?”
- Leave laptops closed during meetings. Only open laptops if resources are needed to support the meeting
- Don’t check emails on either BlackBerry devices or laptops during meetings. If necessary, turn on ‘Out of Office’ to alert those emailing you that you will be in a meeting and are unable to respond immediately
- Remember to take your phone with you if you leave your desk, or turn the phone off or onto silent mode
- Ask your employer or HR department to provide a policy on the appropriate use of mobile devices in your workplace
All of which can be condensed into the employee-friendly: "Turn the f**king thing off".
This, of course, is one of the problems that Iotum is solving.