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Advantages/disadvantages of using cell in office
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Chrm Message From: shaankp Total Posts: 6 Join Date: 28/04/2009
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 12/04/2010 08:12:53 Points: 30 Location: India

Hi All,

I work for a software company based out of Hyderabad as a Mgr - HR.  We have implemented the policy of restriction of cellphones in office.

There was a discussion by the employees as to when the cellphones are not allowed into the office and said no personal calls in office, then why Managers call on our personal mobile numbers on a holiday asking us to report to work.

I want  to have a debate on this and list out the advantages & disadvantages of using cellphone in work area.






Chrm Message From: vinitaagarwal5 Total Posts: 2 Join Date: 28/04/2009  
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 12/04/2010 11:36:05 Points: 10 Location: India
i think cellphones should be allowed because it keeps you connected with the outside world you might not be at your desk 24*7 and might miss an important call
Chrm Message From: hopegovind Total Posts: 14 Join Date: 28/04/2009  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 17/04/2010 07:33:14 Points: 70 Location: India

We cannot ignore the debate started by employees

When we expect that employee should be available for reply on personal phone when they are at home, at the same time they should be allowed to have personal life during working hours too

But, what should be the quantum of this? It is wrong if an employee too busy to receive and give response on personal calls, it is definitely going to affect quality and quantity of work. This problem can be solved by following ways:

1. Those who need to interact with outside customers should be given official mobile connection and this no. must not  be shared with personal contacts
2. There should be a policy in employee manual mentioning to refrain personal call during work hours unless necessary/ emergency

Chrm Message From: ravindrawork Total Posts: 2 Join Date: 28/04/2009  
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 08/05/2010 16:25:19 Points: 10 Location: India


I am not sure if restriction on using cell phones in office is going to increase the levels of engagement of employees. As each organisation is different and the requirement unique, it might be appropriate for your organisation to take up a poll/survey of employees to know their opinions.

A study can also be undertaken to understand the engagement levels with and without using mobile phones at work. Instead of depriving someone of this important facility, the company can have a list of do's and dont's circulated to employees about usage of phones at work place.

Ravindra Musunuru.

Chrm Message From: NaliniRaju Total Posts: 3 Join Date: 28/04/2009  
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 19/05/2010 10:26:05 Points: 15 Location: India

The similar case in our office ;  we allow employees to use mobile phones in office because they use it  officially  also.But in such a situation somehow it may be misused by  long conversions  attending  personal calls.

If you try to stop  use of the personal call inside the office premises, they also will not attend any official call.  In such situation , you may send the circular on the usage of the Mobile Phone in the office without disappointments & also you may take counsiling  on to one.


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