Etiquette Tips for Using Your Mobile Device on the Job

Who doesn’t love the convenience of a cell phone? Your family and friends can reach you at any time, for any reason, no matter where you are…even at work. While that accessibility may be a great way to stay in touch with your loved ones during the day, your cell phone use at work can distract you from doing your job and it may annoy your boss or coworkers.

Many employers have formal policies that govern when or where workers may use their mobile phones. In some workplaces, they are off limits altogether. In others, while policies do not entirely forbid them, they are frowned upon. Become familiar with the policy at your job, whether formal or informal, before you even think of using your device on company time.

Even if your boss allows you to use a cell phone at work, you should use good judgment about how you do it. Be mindful of your coworkers and your boss, not to mention your own ability to get your job done. Here are some rules you should follow:

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