In two recent nationwide surveys conducted by NFI\n\nResearch, proper cell phone usage stuck out as a thorn in the side of\n\nsenior executives and managers. They were not talking just about loud\n\ncell phone usage on the road, but the increasing usage of cell phones\n\nin the normal course of the workday.\n\nThree-fifths of survey respondents said that conducting business\n\nwould be improved if more people used cell phones appropriately. In a\n\nseparate survey, loud cell phone usage was cited as the top annoyance\n\nafter office politics. \n\n\n\nPerhaps it is time for the adoption of better cell phone manners in business, with more focus on cell phone etiquette.\n\n\n\n\n\n\u201cCell phone interruptions in meetings:Turn them off,\u201d said one survey\n\nrespondent. Said another: \u201cThe biggest issue is allowing cell phones to\n\nring (and answering them) during meetings.\u201d\n\nExcept under extraordinary circumstances, there is no reason to\n\neither answer a cell phone during a meeting or, worse, take the call\n\nand have a conversation while the meeting is still going on. \n\nAnd what about the rudenik who not only takes the call but then \u2013 to\n\navoid interrupting the meeting \u2013 walks out of the room talking on the\n\nphone, then returns after the call thereby interrupting the meeting not\n\nonce, but twice.\n\nIf someone leaves a cell phone on during a meeting, it begs the\n\nquestion: Is this meeting really necessary for that person to attend if\n\na cell phone call from anyone could be allowed to interrupt it?\n\nMuch of the insensitivity around cell phone\n\nuse started on the road, as businesspeople \u2013 seemingly oblivious to\n\nthose around them \u2013 shouted into their cell phones as if they were\n\ntalking to a person through cans connected by string. \n\n\u201cThe use of cell phones in public places, especially on airplanes once\n\nyou board, has gotten out of hand,\u201d said one respondent. \u201cIt seems like\n\na lot of folks want to do it just to impress others on how important\n\nthey are. Look for air rage if the government allows people to talk on\n\ncell phones throughout a flight. Also, folks seem to like to talk in\n\nrestaurants while eating with others, which is extremely rude. I\n\nrecently saw a manager go to tables and ask people to go outside if\n\nthey were going to use their cell phones. Most of these calls are not\n\nemergencies, and it is very discourteous to others to behave in this\n\nmanner.\u201d\n\n\n\n\n\nSaid another: \u201cCell phones can be so helpful and so harmful, interrupting business but also interrupting personal life.\u201d\n\n\n\nIt is time for those being interrupted by annoying, discourteous\n\nor even rude or obnoxious cell phone usage in their normal business to\n\nmake it clear that they do not appreciate it by either stating it, or\n\nwalking away leaving the offender alone with the cell phone.