Palm Pilot Protocol: When to use your PDA

by EPI Staff on November 11, 2009

Thanks to all who have served our country.

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.”

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CC November 20, 2009 at 8:21 am

I have to say we have a woman in our office who does this all the time. It makes my boss crazy. She took it to our office retreat and my boss finally asked her to put it away. So NO, it is NOT OKAY to use your phone/planner during a meeting.

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