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Q: During a lull in a staff meeting, I used my electronic planner to enter some doctors’ appointments and check over my grocery list. A coworker later told me I’d been rude. Did I do wrong?
A: Unless that “lull” was an official break, during which colleagues were also leaving the room, making phone calls, etc., you shouldn’t have flipped open your PDA. A tap on a handheld device is okay if it’s related to the business at hand. But inputting personal business not only is unprofessional, it also sends your associates a message: “You’re not as interesting as what’s in this Palm Pilot.”