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20-Somethings Think It's OK To Text and Answer Calls In Business Meetings 453

RichDiesal writes "In an upcoming article in Business Communication Quarterly, researchers found that more than half of 20-somethings believe it appropriate to read texts during formal business meetings, whereas only 16% of workers 40+ believe the same thing. 34% of 20-somethings believe it appropriate to answer the phone in the middle of a meeting (i.e., not excusing yourself to answer the phone — answering and talking mid-meeting!). It is unclear if this is happening because more younger workers grew up with mobile technology, or if it's because older workers have the experience to know that answering a call in the middle of a meeting is a terrible idea. So if you're a younger worker, consider leaving your phone alone in meetings to avoid annoying your coworkers. And if you're an older worker annoyed at what you believe to be rude behavior, just remember, it's not you – it's them!"
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20-Somethings Think It's OK To Text and Answer Calls In Business Meetings

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  • by Nidi62 ( 1525137 ) on Friday November 01, 2013 @01:36PM (#45302679)

    Today, you usually know who's calling before you answer. It may be appropriate to take a call if it's more important than the meeting. If you're in sales, a call from a major customer is probably more important than a meeting. If you're responsible for something operational, a call from someone reporting trouble is probably more important than the meeting.

    Except in both of those cases, you would excuse yourself and step out of the meeting to take the call. You don't sit in the conference room and talk on the phone while the meeting is going on.

  • by Lord Grey ( 463613 ) on Friday November 01, 2013 @01:56PM (#45302971)

    The actual paper, in PDF format, can be found here [].

  • Re:Over 40s (Score:4, Informative)

    by WillAffleckUW ( 858324 ) on Friday November 01, 2013 @02:16PM (#45303265) Homepage Journal

    Actually, they are apparently not planning to retire.

    Studies show most Boomers in their 50s plan to keep working into their 70s.

    Actually, one of the interesting medical effects of eye aging is that you get better (near normal) vision if you take off the bifocals when things are within arm's distance. So taking off glasses is a good idea. Losing them ... maybe we should all get those chains that librarians and nurses used to have?

  • Re:Wtf? (Score:4, Informative)

    by mark-t ( 151149 ) < minus punct> on Friday November 01, 2013 @02:20PM (#45303351) Journal

    Actually, I'd suggest that one potentially very important thing may have happened. You just got fired for having a poor work ethic and not taking part of your job seriously enough to actually do it.

    Good luck trying to collect unemployment benefits when the employer tells the employment bureau why they fired you... unless you are also prepared to lie to the bureau yourself and contradict their claim. And even if you did, the best that would happen for you is that your benefits would be delayed significantly, so you better have enough saved up to survive for without any paycheque for a couple of months while they investigate the claim.

    You don't have to like every aspect of your job, but unless you are self-employed and can always afford to lose clients that are less than ideal, that doesn't mean you aren't still obligated to do the parts of your job that you might not like. And that includes meetings.

  • by The MAZZTer ( 911996 ) <> on Friday November 01, 2013 @02:33PM (#45303615) Homepage
    I turn 28 this december. I grew up with MS-DOS and Windows 3.11, so yeah, I know what minesweeper is. :) Got to grow up with it.

Just go with the flow control, roll with the crunches, and, when you get a prompt, type like hell.