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Msg: 968828
mudflinginfools Subject: cell phone policies
Author: mudflinginfoolsProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 27, 2018 3:58 PM
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I know we live in an age where people need access to their phones - but where I work - they have bereted us with policy after policy to get people to work. As I don't look at mine at work - I'll avoid answering ANY phone at all cost - every time I have to listen to new policy updates it drives me nuts...

Do you have cell phone policies at work? If so - what are they and how does your company enforce them? Because where I work - they fail miserably and have now resorted to a 'zero tolerance' policy... this as we install turnstiles to get into work because people are afraid of their co-workers carry guns and shooting each other in our work place. lowers eyes, and shakes head at where we've been reduced to
Msg: 968830
PI Joe Subject: Re: cell phone policies
Author: PI JoeProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 27, 2018 4:23 PM
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Reply to: Msg 968828 by mudflinginfools
My employer seems to have gone the opposite direction - embracing the technology wave of personal devices. There is a "bring your own device" practice is place where they have developed or purchased secure apps for people to use to receive business email and instant messages from co-workers even. They have also allowed people to turn in their office (wired) phones and use their personal cell phones for business and personal calls. There has always been policies in place to ban person use of company computers for personal web surfing and social media but it is only discouraged on personal devices during "company" time. Breaks and lunchtime are fine. Since the vast majority of employees are salaried, as opposed to hourly, workers it is assumed that as long as you get your assigned work responsibilities done well then you are doing okay.
Msg: 968831
InkTap Subject: Re: cell phone policies
Author: InkTapProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 27, 2018 5:03 PM
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Reply to: Msg 968828 by mudflinginfools
The cell phone policies where I work are being relaxed more and more. As a matter of fact, we are encouraged to use them to enhance customer experience. Also, the convenience of being able to text both hourly and salary co-workers is more expedient than hunting them down or paging them. And from a billion dollar corporation's point of view, if the minions can communicate freely on their own dime, why not? It saves 'the man' from having to invest in walkies and saves man hours in running after the few landlines we have.
Msg: 968832
Amanda from Seattle Subject: Re: cell phone policies
Author: Amanda from SeattleProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 27, 2018 5:22 PM
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Reply to: Msg 968828 by mudflinginfools
At the airlines, we are not supposed to use our own phone while onboard the aircraft working. However the company has issued us a company " tablet" which is a Samsung phone, it does not work as a phone but as a tablet for us to receive and send company emails, I we can only surf company websites and it also contains all our manuals and even specific flight information ( like passenger manifests etc ) So now passengers think we are on our phones all the time when really I'm looking up connection info or weather. Or seat assignments. ( is that dog supposed to be in a carrier or is it a " service animal"?? Etc etc etc

Amanda from Seattle
Msg: 968833
Trekkie Gal Subject: Re: cell phone policies
Author: Trekkie GalProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 27, 2018 5:26 PM
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Reply to: Msg 968828 by mudflinginfools
Studies have shown that workers are more productive if they are able to take a few minutes every hour to check their phones or chat with a coworker. Your company's policy may actually be having the opposite affect that they intended.

TG
Msg: 968838
estella_naparella Subject: Re: cell phone policies
Author: estella_naparellaProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 27, 2018 7:27 PM
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Reply to: Msg 968828 by mudflinginfools
I don't touch my phone at work, if I can help it, at all. Being a personal trainer, people are paying me *very* well to give them my undivided attention. This doesn't bother me at all, and I carry a flip phone, because it does what I need it to do, and is really easy to ignore.
Msg: 968840
mudflinginfools Subject: Re: cell phone policies
Author: mudflinginfoolsProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 27, 2018 8:29 PM
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Reply to: Msg 968833 by Trekkie Gal
They really don't care... part of the problem is that the few that it is impacting their productivity the leaders don't talk to - so instead everyone gets treated like 6 year-olds
Msg: 968841
mudflinginfools Subject: Re: cell phone policies
Author: mudflinginfoolsProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 27, 2018 8:30 PM
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Reply to: Msg 968838 by estella_naparella
I don't touch mine either - like I mentioned - I hate phones and only carry it as I have kids that might need to reach me...
Msg: 968842
wassamatta u Subject: Re: cell phone policies
Author: wassamatta uProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 27, 2018 9:24 PM
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Reply to: Msg 968828 by mudflinginfools
Do you have cell phone policies at work?

We are allowed to use phones at work. How else would we keep up with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Youtube, Netflix, Atlas Quest, and Trekkie Gal's Survivor Pool Updates? Silly...
Msg: 968843
Mama Stork Subject: Re: cell phone policies
Author: Mama StorkProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 27, 2018 10:28 PM
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Reply to: Msg 968828 by mudflinginfools
Because of the confidentiality agreement we have with our clients, cell phones must be off and out of sight at all times in our rooms (think classroom-like setting)

That said, we tend to be relaxed about people having phones on vibrate, particularly during the evening shift as the main desk is not always manned, as long as they are not taking them out in the rooms.
Msg: 968844
Green Tortuga Subject: Re: cell phone policies
Author: Green TortugaProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 27, 2018 10:55 PM
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Reply to: Msg 968833 by Trekkie Gal
Studies have shown that workers are more productive if they are able to take a few minutes every hour to check their phones or chat with a coworker.

I bet someone who really likes their phone did that study. *nodding* =)

It's not a big problem for me. My employer is pretty lax about how or when I use my phone, and I often leave it off for days at a time.

I find stuff like that distracting anyhow. I don't leave email programs running in the background so I don't get that distracting "You have mail!" beep. Most of my email addresses I only check once per day. And ringing phones (which are usually just telemarketers anyhow) or text messages are also distracting when I'm concentrating deeply on my work. Leave me alone!

I'll read email, check voice mail and text messages when I'm bored with nothing better to do. =) Actually, the voice mail and text messages I typically only find when I have to turn on my phone to call or text someone and--oh, look at that! I have messages!

-- Ryan
Msg: 968859
Public Hand Subject: Re: cell phone policies
Author: Public HandProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 28, 2018 7:40 AM
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Reply to: Msg 968828 by mudflinginfools
Our industry has multiple issues with cell phones, etc. The biggest one is carrying contamination into the Controlled Production Environments. Phones (can) touch the face and mouth and, therefore, become fomites for carrying germs. Some of those germs might not be sterilized off of the devices we make for doctors to use in the human brain......BAD SCENARIO there.

Second issue is distraction, US Federal (and international laws) have very specific requirements for focusing on the tasks at hand; since conversations can carry the possibility of distraction, we've had to put a zero tolerance policy in place for all production support areas.

We've got people bypassing these policies but maintaining they can turn on their phones without touching them but we've countered with the distraction issue. People get one warning and then terminated for cause.

New technology forces us to revisit this area routinely, but it's never easy.
Msg: 968868
Wry Me Subject: Re: cell phone policies
Author: Wry MeProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 28, 2018 1:34 PM
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Reply to: Msg 968859 by Public Hand
OMG. New word. Fomite. Fomite. Fomite. Wash your Public Hands.
Msg: 968899
Public Hand Subject: Re: cell phone policies
Author: Public HandProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 29, 2018 8:02 AM
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Reply to: Msg 968868 by Wry Me
New word

I love obscure, seldom used words......but I love seriously multi-syllabic words even more. Our engineering staff know that if they can work any of these into their investigations or reports, I give bonus points!!
Msg: 968900
Wry Me Subject: Re: cell phone policies
Author: Wry MeProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 29, 2018 9:18 AM
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Reply to: Msg 968899 by Public Hand
That is excellent. Here's mine for the week (not English, obvs):

mamihlapinatapai

defined as that moment when you hear a clunk, but don't know if it's a box or a tree root resonating in a hollow spot -- holy anticipatory not-knowing.

or not.

Today I told my students I had developed a new term of affection for them: fomites

As Holling suspected in The Wednesday Wars, it's a "teacher trick to get you to look up the word."
Msg: 968901
Wronghat Subject: Re: cell phone policies
Author: WronghatProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 29, 2018 9:23 AM
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Reply to: Msg 968899 by Public Hand
Hmmmmmm--no record of a fomite box, ...yet.
Msg: 968902
Public Hand Subject: Re: cell phone policies
Author: Public HandProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 29, 2018 9:39 AM
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Reply to: Msg 968901 by Wronghat
What can I say, with all the surgery I've had so far this year, I'm behind...... where's the "Slacker" button when you need it? 8D
Msg: 968911
Subject: Re: cell phone policies
Author: EidolonProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 29, 2018 12:21 PM
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Reply to: Msg 968899 by Public Hand
Our engineering staff know that if they can work any of these into their investigations or reports, I give bonus points!!

Not quite the same thing but I was a science major in college and a couple of us played a game where in EVERY paper we wrote, we inserted the made up but biochem sounding word "postlyptic".

In three years, I got it circled on a paper one time with a couple of question marks beside it.
Msg: 968912
Public Hand Subject: Re: cell phone policies
Author: Public HandProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 29, 2018 12:34 PM
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Reply to: Msg 968911 by Eidolon
"postlyptic"

Oh, that is awesome!!!
Msg: 968937
Teacup Subject: Re: cell phone policies
Author: TeacupProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 30, 2018 3:36 PM
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Reply to: Msg 968828 by mudflinginfools
My job performance is based on my UPH (units per hour) numbers. If the person in the aisle ahead of me doesn't have the same work ethic I do and is on the phone, get off the production floor and play with your phone all you want. Don't screw up my chances of getting rehired next season.
Msg: 968938
Basset Mom Subject: Re: cell phone policies
Author: Basset MomProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Nov 30, 2018 4:18 PM
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Reply to: Msg 968828 by mudflinginfools
I spend all my time as a teacher policing the cell phones and telling students to get off of them and put them away. ;)

I myself am not super attached to my phone, I turn it off or to vibrate and forget to turn it back, most of the time.
Msg: 968943
Kirbert Subject: Re: cell phone policies
Author: KirbertProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Dec 1, 2018 1:07 AM
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Reply to: Msg 968938 by Basset Mom
I spend all my time as a teacher policing the cell phones and telling students to get off of them and put them away.

SWMBO is retired now, but where she taught the rules worked this way: If caught with a cell phone or if your cell phone made any noise and interrupted class, the teacher confiscated it. And the student didn't get it back. It was turned over to administration, and the only way they'd part with it is if a parent came in to claim it. You'd be amazed at how many phones they had left at the end of the school year.
Msg: 969672
Stanley who is Flat Subject: Re: cell phone policies
Author: Stanley who is FlatProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Dec 25, 2018 2:09 PM
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Reply to: Msg 968832 by Amanda from Seattle
Do I detect a note of sarcasm in your use of the words "service animal"?
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