Too Busy On Their Mobile Phones To Work

@Janey1966 (24127)
Carlisle, England
March 9, 2013 1:50pm CST
I started a discussion about the fact that there is far too much phone use going in (in public) and I've just figured out why productivity is down, not just here but worldwide. People are too busy using their phones on the sly. We have a record number of people in work in this country (albeit part-time with many of them). 30 million in fact. And yet, we see the figures on the news showing that..month after month, productivity is down. The phones are the reason why! What else could it be?
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
9 Mar 13
Not my phone. I can go months and not use it. In fact it spends more time on my bedside table than in my pocket. But I do wonder just who all these people are calling - especially those that are still at primary school!
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
9 Mar 13
Haha! I know what you mean. Five year olds are computer whizz-kids now at school. Quite frightening when you think about it!
@WakeUpKitty (8707)
• Netherlands
9 Mar 13
before it was the e-mail, now it's the cellphone. Problem is that people do expect you Always to answer your Phone since there is a cellphone/you have a cellphone. So it takes "courage" not to answer it and just see it as a great invention to call from somewhere else as just your home. Personally I don't feel the need to answer my Phone if I am busy or in the shop for example. To my opionion it's also rude to answer your Phone in presence of other people or if you do not have the time to talk to someone with full attention. It's already proved years ago that many people do feel stress also because of the never ending ringing of the cellphone (to be forced Always to answer it). Read lately the growning/selling of the cellphone is still going on in Asia (not in other countries).
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
9 Mar 13
The rudest ones are those that are in the middle of a phone conversation getting on a bus. I've seen women get money out of their purse, not acknowledging the driver at all..and carry on talking when they get their ticket. No wonder bus drivers are a moody lot!
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@inertia4 (27604)
• United States
14 Mar 13
That might be part of the reason. But I think it also has to do with lack of respect and loyalty. Look, years ago there was a mutual respect between employer and employee. Thats gone now. Employers do not want to pay good money for good workers, so they pay lousy wages and in return get lousy service. Thats seems to be the trend. Why would anyone put in 100% if they are not getting nothing out of it.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 Mar 13
That's a very good point you make there. Because I'm on the outside looking in (unemployed) I've noticed on vacancies that the job descriptions are way, way beyond what they should be for the pay grade. Companies expect people to work for less (like you say) but do more..so I can understand now why phones may be used more than they should. Payback time!
• India
14 Mar 13
Thanks for this discussion, the cell phone is creating lot of problems here, each person has one may be the cheapest Chinese variety, one can see guys and girls talking using mobile in streets, many hear music using ear phones while driving, this causes road accidents too, in office the staff play video games.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 Mar 13
What a nightmare! Oh well, as soon as the resources run out that'll be it my friend. The end of civilisation as we know it!
@squallming (1777)
• Malaysia
10 Mar 13
Your claim hold some true inside it. Yes, I do notice that people uses the cell phones even when they are in the workplace for use not related to work. The time they spend on cell phones can be as long as a few hours in the workplace. So basically employee are paying according to the hourly salary yet the worker did not actually works for that number of hours. This phenomenon is everywhere. Some organization by the way, do restrict their employee in cell phone use, such as storing their cell phone temporarily during work time. This can reduce the wasted productivity. Yet if matter of emergency occurred, people may fail to contact them. So having able to refrain oneself from using cell phones in the workplace is needed. Only use it when there is a need to.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
10 Mar 13
What happened when mobile phones weren't around though, in the case of an emergency? We got by without them, didn't we? What's wrong with having a main landline (remember them) phone in an office, or whatever, for people outside to contact their loved ones on, like the good old days lol.
@wolfie34 (26816)
• United Kingdom
9 Mar 13
Really? And there's me thinking that people are spending all their time on Facebook, or possibly using their mobile phones to post on Facebook? You know me modern technology is not my bag, my friend used to be always on her blackberry and posting continually on Facebook, I often wondered if she did this at work too. I don't like mobile phones and I find them too intrusive and can't understand why some people seem to have them permanently attached to their ear, can't be healthy surely? I would love to be in work right now my friend.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
10 Mar 13
Oh, so would I but mobile phone usage has actually gone up since I last worked, that's the worrying part for me. I cannot stand the damn things and if I were surrounded by people using them all the time, I'd end up walking out, I'm sure of that.
@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
9 Mar 13
It definitely is a contributing factor for the decrease in productivity. I think another factor is too much internet usage. Both means of communications, if used for personal reasons, can really eat up on one's productivity. And I agree that this is definitely a global thing. Even in my country, texting or accessing social network sites are done during office hours and mostly people aren't doing it as part of their work.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
10 Mar 13
It's no wonder wages are decreasing as a consequence. If I ran a company I wouldn't want to pay my surfing workers large wages as a lot of time is lost because of it. I did work for a Council whereby a lady was employed purely to monitor the internet usage of staff. She wouldn't be able to do this now as mobile phones are the new toys instead.
@ElicBxn (60805)
• United States
9 Mar 13
I totally agree. I know that when I was working with those young people they were hard pressed to stay off the phone on their breaks. They didn't have cells back then, but I had to get one because I needed to be reached if my Mom needed to reach me.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
9 Mar 13
I don't know if I could cope working in an office anymore as I like to work when I'm there but if there are people around me on their phones it would be a bit deflating. At least, with internet usage on computers, it can be regulated but phones are a different story. It's scary how technology has advanced in the last 5 years or so. Facebook has exploded onto the scene, taking up everyone's time (except mine) and I have no doubt that if I started work somewhere I'd be pressurised into joining Facebook, something I would resist until my dying breath if necessary. I think I'm better off at home!
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• United States
9 Mar 13
A woman after my own heart! My SIL is always on the phone to my daughter when he is at work. He is gone 14 hours a day and I dare say they stay on the phone for 6 hours. He has 2 Bluetooth thingies he plugs in each night. He could probably get done faster if he wasn't on the phone do much. Even though he isn't holding the phone it still has to take some of his concentration away. He is a truck driver. He gets paid commission on sales of a premium brand of ice cream. I think he could get home quicker if he wasn't on the phone so much.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
9 Mar 13
Haha! Exactly! I wish there was a 'no mobile phone usage except for emergencies day' or something...or people could refrain from using them during that 'Earth Hour' thingy. You never know, if people stopped using their phones during one hour it might turn to 2, 3, or even (dare I say it) a full day. Fancy that!
@doroffee (4230)
• Hungary
9 Mar 13
I don't think phone usage is responsible for it all. I see lots of governments making companies hire people or make gov. jobs for people just to have better figures, when it does nothing for the real economy. But it's worrying and true that people are talking too much on the phone in their work time. I've seen this especially with sales assistants, bank tellers and clerks.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
9 Mar 13
I've seen Nurses do this in hospital as well. They're not on the works phone but tapping away on their mobiles. It's no wonder our Health Service is at breaking point. No-one can be bothered anymore.
@Blondie2222 (21399)
• United States
9 Mar 13
I agree about the cell phone thing. I never use mine at work unless i'm on my 15min break or my lunch break. But I see people using it constantly with texting when their supposed to be working doing their job. I just worked today and the girl I worked with every time I went over to her desk she was on her phone texting. It does annoy me because you do more of your work because your focused and then they slack because their too busy on their phone. There's nobody there on weekends to say anything to about it. But life goes on, they'll just be the ones to look bad when they see their quality of work for the month.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
9 Mar 13
I've not worked (in an office) for about 5 years and in that time mobile phone usage has gone through the stratosphere, mainly due to them doing so much more than..well..5 years ago. At one time it was the smokers that would skive but now there are people using phones openly in front of others. To me, they're the same. Both stop that person from working but the latter is more commonplace because practically everyone has them.
@BarBaraPrz (19578)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
9 Mar 13
You could be on to something.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
9 Mar 13
I think I might email David Cameron. There again he's into 'Chill-axing' at weekends so he wouldn't answer in anyway. Mind you, I'm bound to put some expletives in there..for effect.
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@TLilly12 (1230)
• United States
15 Mar 13
You are right about this, some people can't drive their car, for being on a cell phone, so I know what it would be like, on a job,with a cell phone, no work would be getting done at all, everybody would be on the cell phone,talking about other things, I am glad I work online, and I have online work schedule, and the only time you can talk to me, on my phone is at 12:00-1:00 when I take my lunch, after that you can't reach me because I turn my ringer off, because I have lot of work to do here online, and talking on the cell phone, take away from that for me.
@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 Mar 13
What? Sent from my LG phone
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
12 Mar 13
I think it's the constant need of everybody to be plugged in. And the need to be aware of what's happening to the million friends that we have. Yes, it does improve our communication (although, not the speaking part), but all this communicatin' take time out of our being productive. Of course not everybody is like that. Me, just a little bit!
• Philippines
10 Mar 13
The problem with some company is that their policy is not that strict when it comes to mobile phone usage. As much as possible, limit the use of mobiles for those who are only responsible for the communication line with regarding to the business or work. Other than that, strict the usage of mobile phones and even internet.
@GreenMoo (11842)
10 Mar 13
We used a builder who was an absolute waste of space. Mobile signal is pretty poor near the house, so every time his phone beeped (about ever 3 seconds I reckon), he had to walk up the drive to conduct his pointless conversation about nothing. Needless to say, he's not working for me any more!
• China
10 Mar 13
I guess the young people are prone to do that.Many of them are bitten with playing video game.
@yoyo1198 (3644)
• United States
10 Mar 13
When I was at my last employment (group home caring for developmentally dependent persons), I worked with kids that were just out of high school or college. They would be on their phones all of the time. We had a big 15-passenger van that we used for transport and one of the 'kids' would even be texting while driving clients to and from work and other events!!! I reported it but she didn't stop. I just can't understand these people that are joined to the hip with their mobiles. I agree with you 100%.
@neelia27 (896)
• Philippines
10 Mar 13
we should be responsible when we are at work.. it is fine to check our phone once in a while at worked but it is not appropriate if every minute all we want to do is to grab our phone and make our self busy with it and set aside work..