When To Blackberry, Or Not
Working Girl is back. Somewhat under the weather (news flash: airplanes are rife with germs) but upright and sitting at the old computer.
Meanwhile, this NYT piece about people using their Blackberrys and whatnot to check email, send texts, and surf the net during meetings caught her attention. WG would scornfully deplore this practice if she didn’t know, in her heart of hearts, that if she had a Blackberry she’d probably do the same thing.
At least, sometimes. Some meetings are just truly wastes of time and if you can use that time by plowing through some email, then……why not?
But (and this is a big but): Be a little sensitive. The above article posits an “etiquette debate” about whether Blackberry-ing makes you look important, productive, or just plain rude.
It’s not that complicated, people! You should be able to tell if your co-workers, clients, or boss are being annoyed by that surreptitious tap tap tap. Are they glaring at you? Do they glance from time to time at your hands, grinding their teeth? Do they start to speak more loudly and quickly?
Use a little common sense. Look around and get a sense for the overall mood. If you pull your focus away from yourself, and put it on the people around you, you will know when to Blackberry. And when to not.