Today’s post is by Gayl Southard, Administrative Consultant, SafeSourcing.
According to a study by Dscout Inc., a mobile app research firm, the average person taps, swipes, pokes their phones 2,617 times each day. That adds up to 2 hours and 25 minutes everyday! Chief Executive, Jason Brown, of Brown, Parker & DeMarinas, observed while giving a business presentation, the majority in attendance were all fiddling their phones. He was so angered by this that he issued a company edict: “Don’t show up at a meeting with me with your phone. If someone shows up with their phone, it’ll be their last meeting.”
Although smartphones allow people to get their jobs done remotely, they are also the leading productivity killers at the job. Research conducted by the University of Texas, revealed that the shear presence of a smartphone on the desk, untouched, the cognitive performance was lower than if the phone was stored in a purse, pocket, or a coat hanging near the workspace.
Mat Ishbua, CEO of United Wholesale Mortgage banned phones from meetings two years ago, and recently requested that his executive team refrain from using their phones to and from meetings. He stated that you are never too important not to say hello to fellow employees or make eye contact.
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John Simmons, WSJ, 5/17/2018