CAREER: Am I old fashioned, or isn't it rude to be on your crackberry while being presented to?
I do have a cell phone. I broke down 7 years ago and got one ( I really am a true artist at heart). But I turn it off in meetings with clients and new biz prospects. I feel they are taking time out of their day to talk to me, I need to respect that and dedicate that hour or so to them, undisturbed. I am dismayed when my agency and I do not get that courtesy in return. We will have slaved over a presentation with creative concepts for weeks only to have people on their blackberry while I am presenting the work. Sometimes, it is a sign that the meeting is not going well, other times it is a high-powered person who feels s/he needs to multi-task while in the room. But I just have to ask, if a group comes in to share the work they have been diligently slaving over for 2-3 weeks just for you, don't they deserve one hour of your time & attention, undisturbed?
"Crackberry" behavior doesn't seem to just stop in meetings. I recently read on this post: http://commandocivility.wordpress.com/category/blackberry/
that the blackberry is making it's way into the bedroom and the bathroom.
This was pulled by the berryreview.com:
The executive report, “Mobile Messaging Marketing Trends,” finds that worry over being available during non-work hours has led employees to e-mail addiction, causing them to take unnecessary risks with their health, their relationships, and even the welfare of others.
- 79% checked email in the bathroom
- 77% while driving
- 11% while engaged in intimate behavior
- 41% while their commercial plane was in the air
- 94% during work nights or weekends
- 96% while on vacation