Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

April 27, 2011

Am I Old Fashion?

Today, one of my favorite daughters and I were visiting.  I ask her where I might have VHS tapes converted to DVDs.  She immediately picked up her cell phone to call her husband, thinking he might have the answer.   I suggested she not bother him at work.

We currently have a building contractor working on our home and today he fired a worker for abusing the use of a cell phone while on the job.  Then, I sorta got on my soap box regarding the use of cell phones while at work for non emergencies and how it could adversely affected productivity.

Jokingly, she called me old fashion.   And she is exactly correct.  She correctly pointed out that nearly everyone has a cell phone and they are used at work.  Some even have them implanted in their ear.  (what a site)  Now this daughter is one pretty smart lady and pegged me correctly, but I go back to the old saying:  eight hours work for eight hours pay!

The following comes from varies forums on the www regarding cell phone policies while at work.

Yes, we do. It was implemented after a woman constantly was on personal calls on her cell. She even had the gall to tell her manager to hold on until she finished her call!! I’m surprised she didn’t get fired

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The offices I have worked at generally say business calls are okay only and any personal calls except for emergencies can be done during lunch hour only. I never had a problem with that rule. Makes sense.

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Any company I have worked with have had no problem with personal calls as long as you didn’t abuse the situation. As far as cell phones go no one in our office ever had to use them so there were never any “rules” set up to cover them.

However, if someone was using a cell phone constantly I think as an employer I would have to put a stop to it and as an employee I would really have a rash hearing the cell phone ring all the time and causing a disturbance.

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I worked with someone who kept her cell phone on top of her desk. She was constantly getting phone calls on her cell phone and would answer them like it was no big deal. There were so many complaints about this, she was told not to have her phone on in the office. So, she ends up keeping the phone on her desk but puts it on vibrate so she still knew when she got calls. The nerve of some people.

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My company never had a problem with it. As long as you weren’t on the phone all day long. It is so annoying when I go into a store and the cashier is ringing me up and talking on the phone. Where is the manager when you need one? LOL

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I have had to tell people to get off the phone in my office. When they can’t concentrate on what needs to be done at work then either they get off the phone or go home for the day (without pay). Usually I have very little trouble with it after that.

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We have a number of people in our company that receive and make cell phone calls as if it is their right. The Boss is totally ticked off and has drafted a memo(not issued yet) that tells people to turn off their phones when they come into the plant and gives warnings for abuses – third warning is “fired and out the door”.

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the other day I was in the grocery store, I was buying a weeks worth of groceries, the cashier was a young man, his cell phone rings and he stops doing his job and talks to whoever is on the other line for a couple of minutes, I really wanted to walk out, but then again I don’t want to have to go to another store and redo my job, what would you do? I told the young man that he was rude and that I should report him, but being in a rush I didn’t tell. I know I should have.

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Does anyone have a policy on use of personal cell phones during regular work hours? Some of our production employees are receiving calls regularly on their cell phones and it’s bothering other employees and obviously interfering with work productivity.

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We have a short and to-the-point policy, in memo form, prohibiting the use of cell phones by plant personnel during working hours. It is a safety issue (and a productivity issue) and we took a stand and stopped all cell phone use.

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Our policy is more stringent. All cell phones must be turned off during working hours (both in the factory and the office).

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I work in retail and we had a problem with employees stocking shelves with one hand and talking on their cell phone with the other. Didn’t impress the customers much. So we instituded a cell phone policy.
The policy became a problem when it was noted among staff that the GM and his second-in-comand walked around with their cell phones practically glued to their ears. When I explained that they used them for business purposes only. A number of the staff said they had overheard the S-I-C placing bets on the floor with his cell.
Sigh.

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I handle HR for four small hotels. We have a policy that prohibits the carrying of personal cell phones during work hours. Employees are required to turn off their phones and leave them in their lockers. They may retrieve them and talk to their hearts content during their lunch breaks, but we will not have them distracted from their duties or have their cell phone ringer noise as an annoyance to our guests. And, NO, they cannot carry the phone on vibrate. In case of emergency, the employee can be reached through our main switchboard.

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As a young LPN, I once had a very strict charge nurse who used the word “inappropriate” all the time. It made me want to do inappropriate things just to hear her say it.

She had very definite ideas about what was and was not appropriate at work. I, on the other hand, thought if you couldn’t have fun at work, don’t work. And my way frequently involved the inappropriate.

But now that I am in a similar position as that charge nurse, I do understand the message she was trying to convey. And while my primary philosophy about fun at work hasn’t changed all that much, there are some things that I actually find inappropriate.

My number one choice of outrageously inappropriate is personal cell phones while giving patient care or sitting at the nurses’ station. Unless you’re expecting or need to make an emergency call, there is no good reason to have your cell phone attached to your ear while you are at work. Use it on your break, but otherwise, put the damn thing away! PERIOD.

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Hard to see how people can properly do their job when the cell phone is part of their uniform for work and so much of their shift is taken up by personal conversation or texting.

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We’re not allowed to use cell phones for personal use, period. I use mine for drug calcs. and things specifically related to work; phone calls or text messages? Nope.

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Cellphones for personal use should be out of the work scene. We shouldn’t be distracted. I agree with Waitressrn that it should be left in lockers.

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There is a policy at my facility that strictly prohibits personal cell phone use during shift work, but may use during lunch break only.

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I would be mortified if I was a patient and my nurse was talking on her cell phone while administering meds or helping me ambulate.

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I always take my phone with me. I take it so that any of my five children can contact me in an emergency or if they get sick at school. However, I don’t answer it if I am with a patient and when I do I make sure its short and sweet. I do not let it interfere with my duties. I have never had a complaint from a patient or work colleague about this. Most other staff have their phones on them as well. I also take my ipad to work on night duty and watch movies after I have done my work and in between doing rounds and answering buzzers. If I am too busy then obviously I cannot even turn it on. I have never seen any of my work colleagues having a phone conversation whilst they are attending to a patient. We all respect the fact that we are their to work and that patient care comes first. Personal phone calls are made in the staff tea room during break time. On nights we don’t take breaks and are able to sit at the desk. We do what we like in between attending to our patients. I don’t work in America and we don’t have rules about mobile phones. I can see the point about safety issues but I believe they can be used responsibly without compromising patient safety.

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Watching movies while you are on-duty? Where is the professionalism here? You could be working on CE’s, doing things for the betterment of your department…there is always something to do on “downtime.”

You go to work to get paid to work, not watch movies. Try to justify it anyway you want, that is stealing from your employer’s time.

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In 2001, the city of Honolulu agreed to pay $1.5 million to a man who suffered permanent brain damage after being struck by a city employee who was talking on a cell phone at the time of the accident.

Similarly, a jury ordered an employer to pay more than $20 million when its salesman killed a motorist while using his cell phone between sales appointments.

The large investment firm Salomon Smith Barney paid a $500,000 settlement to the family of a motorcyclist killed by one of its employees making a work-related call after hours on his own personal cell phone.

And when a lawyer struck and killed a teenage girl while driving home from a work meeting — allegedly on a cell phone call with a client — the victim’s family filed a $30 million suit against the employer, claiming the law firm was negligent in encouraging employees to use cell phones without providing a safety policy.

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Our daughter is correct: Yes, I am old fashion.

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2 Comments »

  1. I would love to be Old Fashioned too.

    If work days are 8 hrs and pay per hour, I agree. However, that is not the case in many jobs today. Families need that connection during the day b/c of the tremendous time spent on the job and commuting to the job.

    In addition, employers call employees’ cell phones on the weekends and all hours of the night for work. In fact, the work calls pick up during holiday weekends. In my old job, for some holidays we had to give numbers of where we’d be and when if we were traveling to see relatives. This past Thanksgiving, Dave spent at least 8 hrs on the phone that Saturday and then they called him into the office at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. In this time when people are needing jobs, you work the hours and go in at 2 a.m. if needed with no complaining. But because of this lifestyle, I have no guilt for chatting with my husband on his cell phone during traditional work hours.

    I would love to be old fashioned where Dad gets home at 5:30, families sit down for dinner together (home cooked meal), no answer machine and no caller ID. Oh, and don’t forget the sweet tea and Wheel of Fortune.

  2. We can’t be on our cell phones at work. But, depending on who you are is the determining factor as to who gets in trouble for it and who doesn’t. (I would.). So, I keep mine on vibrate and just text the people I need to communicate with (when the boss isn’t looking). Actually, I text everyone but my “old-fashioned” parents…who have no clue how to text. :)

2 Comments »

  1. I would love to be Old Fashioned too.

    If work days are 8 hrs and pay per hour, I agree. However, that is not the case in many jobs today. Families need that connection during the day b/c of the tremendous time spent on the job and commuting to the job.

    In addition, employers call employees’ cell phones on the weekends and all hours of the night for work. In fact, the work calls pick up during holiday weekends. In my old job, for some holidays we had to give numbers of where we’d be and when if we were traveling to see relatives. This past Thanksgiving, Dave spent at least 8 hrs on the phone that Saturday and then they called him into the office at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. In this time when people are needing jobs, you work the hours and go in at 2 a.m. if needed with no complaining. But because of this lifestyle, I have no guilt for chatting with my husband on his cell phone during traditional work hours.

    I would love to be old fashioned where Dad gets home at 5:30, families sit down for dinner together (home cooked meal), no answer machine and no caller ID. Oh, and don’t forget the sweet tea and Wheel of Fortune.

    Comment by Kris — April 28, 2011 @ 7:49 am | Reply

  2. We can’t be on our cell phones at work. But, depending on who you are is the determining factor as to who gets in trouble for it and who doesn’t. (I would.). So, I keep mine on vibrate and just text the people I need to communicate with (when the boss isn’t looking). Actually, I text everyone but my “old-fashioned” parents…who have no clue how to text. 🙂

    Comment by Cindy — April 27, 2011 @ 10:12 pm | Reply


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