Tech at work is a manners minefield

BLAYNE SLABBERT
Last updated 05:00 01/06/2014
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NOT HERE: The writer suggests turning your phone volume to low at work and desisting from making personal calls and texting.

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OPINION: Dealing with tech etiquette at work is becoming more difficult as technology allows our home and professional lives to blend.

For example, is it OK to text during a work meeting? What about answering your personal phone at work?

A survey by Robert Half Technology found 64 per cent of bosses said the increased use of mobile devices had led to a rise in breaches of workplace etiquette.

From talking loudly on your cellphone to spending too much time on social networks, bad tech manners can hurt your career and affect business.

Navigating the manners minefield can often depend on your work culture. If everyone else is tapping away on their phones during meetings then you can assume it's OK for you too. That said, if you were leading a meeting would you want others on their devices even if it's work related?

As for personal calls at work, it's best to do it in your break, or send a text as it's a lot less intrusive.

A trickier concern is whether or not you should follow or friend your boss on Twitter or Facebook. If you use Twitter for work then the answer is yes. But if you use it for sharing your out-of-office exploits, then probably not.

Otherwise leave your phone in your pocket (with the volume down), and keep off social networks unless it's for work.

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