Cell Phones in the workplace

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Drakkon, Oct 31, 2007.

  1. Drakkon

    Drakkon New Member

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    I work in a small little office with 3 other guys cubbed together. Some days its been bad but today is just getting on my nerves. All morning the other two guys have been talking to wives/family/friends/other jobs/creditors - nothing to do with work. Its getting to the point where one guy its effecting his work by depressing him after the creditor calls him or I can hear someone yelling at him on his cell through my cubicle wall.
    Me I put my phone on silent and leave it in my pocket until lunchtime - if i have no calls it goes untouched till i get off.And if i do get a call midday thats important/expected I take it outside away from my coworkers. Am I the only person left with this sort of control/dignity? Or am I just one of those old timers that thinks these kids and their new fangled talking devices need to be given a class on human etiquette?
  2. MaesterB

    MaesterB King of the Wicker People

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    Cellphone is an integral part of my everyday life. If someone can't get a hold of me in the office or at home, they need to call me on my cell. Simple as that.
  3. Phant0m51

    Phant0m51 From Utah, NOT mormon

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    At my job, if you're caught talking on your cell phone while you're supposed to be working you get 1 warning. If you get caught again you get fired.
  4. Mr. Ali

    Mr. Ali Junior Member

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    What the hell, what is so rude and indecent or inhumane for someone to be talking on a phone at their own fucking desk? Just ignore their conversations and pretend hes talking to a client/customer. Have your manager or boss deal with how its "affecting" his work.

    Unless a rule is in place to keep personal conversations separate from work then they are doing nothing wrong. I talked on my cell phone all the time during my break and lunches in my cubicle at Intel and so did everyone else.
  5. Chris

    Chris Raptor Jesus

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    I like the idea of not being able to be reached at every moment. I have a cellphone, but I use it very sparingly. It's sad I'll have to really use one when I start my career.
  6. James K

    James K Administrator Staff Member

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    My lead constantly answers his phone while he's giving us direction which is pretty annoying. I hear other peoples cells all day but I leave mine on vibrate because I know it annoys people.
  7. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    Well, look at it this way - that type of behavior will only serve to make them look bad and you look good.

    It's rude as fuck though. I had a guy on my team in Columbus that was so bad I literally took his phone and turned it off.
  8. Chainblade

    Chainblade Junior Member

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    i have mine on vibrate all the time. I text message all day. i only answer the call if I'm not expecting it and it might be important. I usually only talk on my breaks/lunch.
  9. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    I take personal calls at work, scheduled installation of DirectTV from my desk this morning. It's no big deal in a professional environment, as long as you handle it appropriately. We're judged on the quality of our work. If we can get 'er done they really don't care what else we do. Even sleep, sorry Chapel. :(
  10. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    When I'm working, I hate it, just plain hate it when my own phone rings. I get to where I just leave it in the truck and answer voice mails later. If there was a cal and no VM, it couldn't have been that important.
  11. couturedharlot

    couturedharlot couture with a chaser

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    we can't use our cells at work except for breaks and lunch. i text randomly during the day. i keep it on vibrate as well. even at the place i could answer my cell during the day it was always on vibrate so i didn't annoy my coworkers. there's one guy at work who leaves his phone on his ring and he answers it all the time and talks so loud everyone can hear him talking about his fucking house remodel.....i'm tempted to throw his cell under a semi truck....
  12. j0k3r

    j0k3r El Chupacabra

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    My phone is always on vibrate, but I am at a point in my career where it doesn't matter if I am on the phone. If it's not a business call, I usually only pick up if it's my wife.
  13. Torx

    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    drakkon, you are tottally right some people need proper etiquette on using a phone in the workplace.. and to learn how to leave personal business at home.

    fortunately for me, ive always worked with people who, keep their phone on silent, ignore their calls, or wait to make calls on their break..
  14. Pope John

    Pope John the most modest.

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    if my platoon sergeant sees my phone while i'm at work, he'll either break it or make me do some shit job like clean something with a piece of sandpapder no bigger than my thumbnail.


    most days i don't even bring it in, but it's been kinda relaxed, so i keep it on me. honestly just use it as a time-piece though. i need to get a shitty digital watch i won't mind getting scratched or dirty.
  15. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Even out in the field, we get those guys who think they have to advertise their private lives. It's not just for offices anymore. I had to fire one guy on the crew. he'd answer his damn phone and expect everyone else on the crew to put everything on hold while he chatted with his 4 year old daughter. Can you imagine three guys holding up a 400 pound beam waiting for the fourth guy to finish his lil' chat? I warned him twice, third time he was looking for another job.
  16. sims

    sims walls of text

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    all cell phones must be turned off if you're anywhere near a computer at my work place. You can be fired, escorted out the front door immediately and you're phone can be confiscated if caught with one on at a computer.

    seems harsh but its understandable, almost every phone nowadays has a camera on it and we have access to alot of sensitive information and literally billions of dollar's via our computers.