Photo of woman on cell phone

Technology is everywhere. And while smart devices and cell phones at work make communication convenient and efficient, they can also decrease your concentration and productivity. Not to mention, using cell phones excessively and at inappropriate times while on the job can signal disrespect and unprofessionalism. But because a zero-tolerance phone policy on the job isn’t practical in most work environments, here are three common-sense practices to follow when taking your phone to work.

Turn Your Ringer Off

Silencing your cell phone at work and keeping it out of sight is a sign of polite work etiquette because it prevents your phone from becoming a distraction and a nuisance to those around you. But what if your child wasn’t feeling 100 percent when you dropped them off at daycare before your shift? Or, what if you’re caring for an elderly parent who is suffering from a life-threatening medical condition? In these situations, you need to be able to catch incoming calls in case of an emergency.

Should you be expecting a call that requires your immediate attention, let your boss know ahead of time. Then keep your phone in your pocket or in a not-so-visible spot on your desk for quick access.

Otherwise, let your friends and family know that when you’re at work that they don’t only have access to you for casual purposes. And if you don’t anticipate an urgent call any time during your workday, the best practice is to turn your phone off. Consider doing the same in less conspicuous situations, like meetings, where peaking at last night’s basketball score might be a temptation.

Use Your Cell Phone On Breaks & in Private

Making a phone call or checking your social media page on your break is commonplace on the job. But make sure to find a private place before you do dial out. Using your cell phone at work in private ensures that you’re not disturbing your coworkers and you are still keeping in line with any safety protocol, depending on your job.

Ideal spaces for using your phone while at work can include break rooms or designed outdoor spaces––or even your car.

While selective access to your cell phone at work can be acceptable, using your phone while on a job interview is not. Silencing your phone altogether can prevent unnecessary distractions due to random dings and vibrations from notifications and calls. And not only does turning your phone off completely prevent noise distraction, but it can also prevent you from mindlessly looking at your phone when there’s a lull during the interview.

Lastly, if you’re not sure how your employer (or prospective employer) feels about cell phone use on the job, ask if your company has a cell phone usage policy.

Apply Now for High Desert Jobs

Are you ready to ready to use your skills and experience to build a better future? Contact us today and let us help you find the right fit. We take care of the tough tasks that go into finding your next career opportunity.

Click here to fill out our general application today!