Meeting etiquette disrupted by technology


Meeting etiquette disrupted by technology

Simon Quicke

Technology might well have helped us become better connected and able to work more flexibly but it has also led to an increase in workplace rudeness with the humble business meeting the main victim of wandering minds.

Next time someone disrupts a meeting by tapping away on their phone or feels the urge to sends tweets through the CEO's quarterly update remember that according to research they are far from unusual.

Social email player found that 41% of people stay glued to their phones during face-to-face meetings, 31% would go as far as to answer them and 19% of staff are prepared to carry on being connected even when they have been told to disconnect.

David Lavenda, vice president of product strategy at, said that there were double standards with people happy to complain about rudeness while at the same time happy to except themselves from criticism.

"Ironically, 70% of those that rudely interrupt meetings themselves would be offended if someone did the same thing to them. Clearly, the perceived pressure to stay connected has led many people to neglect their manners," he said.

On the upside reseller bosses might be more encouraged to see the positive side of digital addiction with 74% of staff keeping in touch with work on holiday, 79% monitoring things through the evenings and 85% also logging on at the weekend.

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