Having a deviced attached to our hands seems to be common place these days. This article made me laugh and I thought that I would share it with you. Shawn Kahandaliyanage is one such indivitual with a device attached to his hand and had the perfect strategy of walking and texting.
“I’d latch on to the brightest coloured shoes I could find, and follow behind that person, keeping their shoes in my peripheral vision while keeping my eyes [and attention] glued to my BB,” says the director of business development for Waterloo, Ont.-based mobile video company Metranome Inc.
All well and good until he got off a plane in the Ottawa airport one day en route to a business meeting. Trying to catch up on his e-mails, he followed a pair of red high heels. Suddenly, the shoes came to a halt and turned in his direction.
“I looked up, and was met by the dirty stare of the woman with the red heels. I had followed her straight into the ladies room,” Mr. Kahandaliyanage says.
You see what I mean. All kidding aside, mobile manners is something that we need to take into consideration and here are some great guidelines from Linda Allan an office and technology consultant.
- Take charge
Set times during the day when you choose to check messages; otherwise put the gadget away.
- Shut it up
The “new message” reminder or sound can tempt you, so turn it off.
- Filter priorities
Set up your e-mail filter during busy work hours to forward messages only from specific, high-priority contacts. Save the others to read at less hectic times.
- Say I shall return
To allay expectations of an instant response, set up an out-of-office message that promises a well-thought-out reply as soon as possible.
- Talk rather than text
Text messages beget more text. A phone call can often solve problems more quickly and completely. A bonus is that vocal messages are more personal and can carry more authority than written words.
- Hide the face
If you need to have the device out in a meeting to reference calendar or memos, place it face-down so you are not tempted to look and to show you are paying attention to the gathering.
- Schedule text breaks
At meetings, set ground rules for checking PDAs. Instead of an outright ban, consider a 20-minute break in mid-meeting.
- Ask permission
If you’re waiting for an important e-mail or call, let others at the meeting know ahead of time that you’re expecting it.
- Take it outside
If you must answer a message or take a call during a meeting, excuse yourself from the room to avoid distracting everyone else.
- Set boundaries
Avoid replying to messages on evenings and weekends, or contacts will be conditioned to always expect instant answers.
- If you really must…
Don’t succumb to stealth. Keeping the device under the table and typing sneakily will only make people think you are hiding something; better to let people see what you really are up to.