For many of us, mobile technology is our lifeline. Whether it's a Smartphone, Netbook, Laptop, Electronic Reader, iPad, or some other handheld electronic device we rely on them to communicate with others and to keep us updated almost instantaneously. While they have become a vital part of our personal and professional lives, mobile technology can also be a hindrance by causing unnecessary disruptions in the workplace.
To ensure your mobile technology doesn't hinder you professionally, here are a few basics tips to follow especially when attending business meetings and training sessions:
#1 - Turn off your mobile phone when attending a meeting room. If you are expecting an important call, it should be placed on vibrate, prior to entering the meeting.
#2 - If you are expecting an important call, always advise the meeting facilitator in advance. Then when the call comes in, quietly ease out of the room to take the call. Also, be mindful of the volume of your voice, if you are standing outside of the room so it is not disruptive to the meeting.
#3 - Never bring a laptop to a meeting or training session unless you are requested to do so. If so, don't check emails or surf the net during the meeting, doing so is typically perceived as disruptive by the meeting facilitator and participants.
#4 - Don't check your phone for emails or text messages during the meeting. Likewise, don't text message during the meeting unless it is an extreme emergency. Doing so gives the impression that the meeting is not worth your time. This is why it is best to turn your phone off to ensure it does not distract you or others.
In closing, mobile devices provide tremendous benefit in the workplace - they enable us to be more productive by multi-tasking with a high level of efficiency. So, to ensure your professional perception stays in tack, when in meetings, training sessions, or even in public use your mobile device with discretion so that is doesn't create a distraction or hindrance to others.