I am in meetings about two to three hours per day.
I know, it's crazy. However, that is not an uncommon experience....you know...being in meetings all day long.
In every meeting that I am in somebody's phone always goes off. Like always.
*rolling my eyes*
I function with my phone on vibrate almost 90% of the time because a ringing phone is rude and I check my phone enough to catch most calls within a few moments of the call.
I work with my Mother and I always reminder her, "Turn your phone on vibrate." before we go into meetings because, well I don't want us to look unprofessional. But lately I have been sitting in meetings and people's phones just go off. Sometimes they even answer them. Yes, yes y'all....in the meeting. I was in a presentation when the presenter answered the phone!
Would I do this???....never. Is it still seen as gauche, not so much.
Taking the high road and being courteous means that your phone does NOT go off in the middle of a meeting.
Taking the "average folks road" means that if your phones goes off, most people are not going to turn their noses up like people did just 5 years ago.
Social nuances and acceptable behavior may change with technology and the times, mobile phones ringing are now more of a part of the American Business meeting as opposed to an irritant. We all need to be connected and if there is somebody more important on the other end of the phone, they are going to let it ring and answer it.
Final Classy Points:
- Don't YOU have your phone on in the meeting!
- Absolutely do not answer your phone in a meeting weather it vibrates or rings
- Don't be all huffy if somebody doesn't have the class and phone etiquette that you do!
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