Monday, May 21, 2007


Office Meetings Increasingly Interrupted By Personal Electronics

Here's the scoop from The New York Post - "The BlackBerry revolution has created a civil war in the nation's boardrooms - as a deep divide has opened up between those who want to chat away on their PDAs and those who want no distractions during meetings." And, unfortunately, they don't mean just boardrooms, if you get my drift, but hundreds of thousands of ordinary little conference rooms as well. According to Robert Half, 90 percent of professionals report that business meetings are commonly interrupted by someone whipping out his or her cellphone, pager, PDA, Blackberry, whatever you want to call 'em. 46 percent of those surveyed say emailing or text-messaging during a meeting is okay, while 31 percent decry it as a "breach of etiquette."

Here's some food for thought. They say that yammering away on a cellphone while driving (like that dude who tailgated me on I-95 this morning) degrades the highway skills of the average motorist. Is it possible that meetings regularly interrupted by personal electronics produce less effective results than those that are not? And, if so, what does that bode for the future of corporate decision-making?

"Office Workers' Berry Jam" from The New York Post

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