Have you ever had to go to the bathroom while you are on the phone with your boss? As shocking as it may be, you are not alone. According to data collected by Asurion, 36% of Americans have taken a business call in the bathroom, and that’s up from 28% in 2012.
Since hitting the market, cellphones have made their mark on the business world, allowing you to continue work on the go. However, your phone can be a distraction for both you and your co-workers if you aren’t conscious of the ways you use it in the office.
Here are a few things to think about if you are questioning your cellphone use at work:
1. Is my ability to text and look at (insert social media site here) affecting my production level?
In other words, if you are looking to be successful and rise up in the company, it’s probably best that you put your cellphone down and use it for lunch and in some cases, bathroom breaks.
2. Is my cellphone affecting my co-workers?
A cellphone ring or text alert can disrupt your co-workers around you or in a meeting. Keep your phone on silent and keep your texting thumbs quiet.
3. How can I productively use my cellphone at work without distracting others?
Advancements in technology have made cellphones a great resource at work. You can use it for music, taking notes, setting alarms for reminders, checking email away from your desk and checking the latest news. How do you use your cellphone at work? Does it distract you from work or enhance your performance?