BlackBerry Cell Phone Etiquette: Business Rules

November 10, 2010 | By | 9 Comments

For those of us who love our BlackBerry, it’s our ties and link to the world and our family and friends. It’s how we keep in touch, but sometimes we forget that there are boundaries and rules in the business world. Adam Sloan, the COO of The Buzz Killers, has compiled a a simple list of workplace etiquette rules for using your BlackBerry in the office.  Check it out…

This list is created to make the office more productive and avoid annoying your coworkers and your manager in the process. I found this to be beneficial, and thought I’d share it with our readers. It’s not that you shouldn’t enjoy knowing what’s going on, it’s about remembering that at work your attention and diligentness are needed and appreciated. These rules will give you the tools you need to succeed in the office.

  1. Do not check your cell phone in the middle of meetings! If you’re expecting an important phone call or email, politely notify the party you are meeting with and check your phone in intervals of 15 minutes. Instead of trying to multi-task by watching your phone and listening to the other party at the same time (which will give the appearance that your meeting is not important) be productive and focus on the meeting at hand. Your undivided attention will definitely save you time and your manager’s money. The phone can wait, it’s a BlackBerry afterall.
  2. If you do get an important call during the meeting, excuse yourself politely to take the call. Your party will understand and does not have want to hear the conversation.
  3. If you’re not expecting a call and you just want to know what’s happening in the world while you’ve been busy in meetings, be courteous and wait until there’s a break in the meeting. Then quietly go outside and catch up on your emails, phone calls, twitter, facebook, etc.
  4. When in meetings, pretend that the movie theater rule applies and silence your phone.
  5. And last, but not least, keep your BlackBerry to yourself! Don’t find yourself in that annoying feedback made when mobile phones are in range of audio devices – like conference call speaker phones and desktop speakers. You can use the Buzz Killer Card to stop the buzzing interference once and for all.

I know it’s hard to not stay in the loop and with a little etiquette and courtesy you can still keep your social life and your office professionalism all in tact.

For more on the Buzz Killer Card, check it out at the following link:

The Buzz Killers

You can grab a Buzz Killers card for $7.49 in the color of your choice here

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  • DavidB

    I would like to see more “meeting hosts” say “turn off all electronic devices” at the start of meetings. And excuse those who refuse.

  • Susan

    I wish that would be one of the meeting rules actually. I know a few companies have resorted to fining their employees for accessing their device during meetings. There’s a reason for the meeting and your attention and your full attendance is justified.

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