| Central Penn Business Journal
Cell phone use in meetings: Professional or unprofessional?
These days, nearly everyone and their mother (yes, their mother) can be seen holding a mobile device of some sort, texting or checking email.
Such gadgets have allowed business to be conducted well outside of traditional business hours.
But as these pieces of technology become ubiquitous, arguments increase over how such acts are rude and show blatant disinterest.
Both of those claims certainly can prove to be true.
Still, my explanation is this: It's a generational thing.
Today, people well into their 40s frequently check their cell phones — or other mobile devices — no matter where they are; meeting or no meeting.
Does it always mean they're not engaged? Not necessarily, I would argue.
These days, our society — especially teenagers and those in their 20s and 30s — can multi-task at a level never before seen and still be engaged. Is that always true? Of course not. Some people aren't good multi-taskers.
What do you think?
Is it time to rethink what's appropriate in a business environment? Or is this a simple black-and-white argument of professional vs. unprofessional?
Andréa Maria Cecil is managing editor at the Central Penn Business Journal. She is a 32-year-old native New Orleanian who is interested in how gadgets and technology can make business more efficient.