In an attempt to save time, we often become techno-rude. Don’t let your attempts cause you poor etiquette. The quest for increased productivity and the need to be connected can easily offend others. Here are five rules of etiquette to consider.
- Give your full attention to the people in front of you. Don’t check email or engage in text messaging during meetings or dinner.
- Don’t send the signal that you are unavailable by always wearing an earpiece like bluetooth.
- Respect the time of ours by turning off your phone during interviews, sales calls and business lunches.
- Don’t subject others to your personal conversations. If you must make and receive calls in public places, lower your voice or go outside.
- Don’t feel compelled to fill your idle time emailing or texting. Live in the moment.
According to an article in the February 10, 2010 issue of the Toronto Sun, 42% of chief information officers have seen increased instances of poor workplace etiquette because of mobile electronic devices.