Whether you’re working from home or in the office, when and where you use your cell phone can directly impact your performance at work. Here are a few rules to follow when it comes to cell phone etiquette.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Using your cell phone while at work can significantly impact your productivity throughout the day. Keep your phone in your desk drawer or if you’re working from home, even in another room and check it once every hour to ensure you didn’t miss any important calls. By keeping your phone out of sight you’ll be able to shift your full attention towards the tasks at hand.
Silence Your Ringer
Whenever your phone rings, you disrupt your concentration. Be sure to keep your ringer on silent throughout the day and to only check your phone at specific times. This is especially important if you’re back to working at the office so you don’t distract your coworkers every time your phone rings or you receive a text.
Only Answer Work-Related Calls
Barring any emergencies, it’s important to only take work calls throughout the day. While it may be tempting to answer a friend’s phone call, keeping those casual conversations for after the work day will help ensure you reach maximum productivity and work more efficiently.
Find a Private Place to Be on the Phone
If you’re working at the office, it’s important to find a private place away from your coworkers when taking a phone call. Whether you go to the breakroom or a quiet space outside, it’s important to be mindful of others while on the phone and not to distract your colleagues if you can avoid it.