Do you check your phone during business meetings?
Research indicates that older professionals and those with higher incomes are far more likely to think it is inappropriate to be checking phones during meetings of any kind. In a recent survey participants were asked about the use of smartphones in formal and informal meetings. Key findings included:
- 86% think it’s inappropriate to answer phone calls during formal meetings
- 84% think it’s inappropriate to write texts or emails during formal meetings
- 75% think it’s inappropriate to read texts or emails during formal meetings
- 66% think it’s inappropriate to write texts or emails during any meetings
- At least 22% think it’s inappropriate to use phones during any meetings
Why do so many people see the use in meetings to be inappropriate? It’s because when you access your phone it shows:
- Lack of respect.
- Lack of attention.
- Lack of listening.
- Lack of power.
As with any communication, it’s important to be open and transparent with what is expected in the workplace. Communicate that the meeting rooms are “Smartphone Free Zone”, you will be amazed to see the reception this will actually get and your employee engagement is bound to improve.