Boss came to my desk, I was actually working
Phone rang in meeting, so wanted to answer it
One does not simply REPLY ALL
Not sure if I have free time, or if I am just forgetting something

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We are impressed! You have great workplace etiquette and could teach your co-workers a thing or two on how to behave at work. You are thoughtful and always think of how your actions might affect others. Punctuality and professionalism are very important to you. Answering your phone during an in-person meeting? The mere thought makes you cringe. You might consider sharing some of our tips for breaking bad habits with your more annoying co-workers.

The good news is that you've got better workplace etiquette than most employed people in America. The bad news - it takes a lot of strength for you to maintain those boundaries at work. You turn your mobile to vibrate before going into a meeting, but the second you feel the buzz of a text or incoming call, your smartphone starts burning a hole in your pocket. Stay strong, conflicted one! You can return that call later. We recommend you take a gander at some of our tips to help keep you headed in the right direction.

You aren't so rude as to answer your mobile phone in the middle of a hallway conversation with your boss, but that doesn't stop you from whipping out your phone to see who's calling. Long story short: you are likely on the verge of really, really irritating your boss or co-workers - if you haven't already. But don't have a meltdown yet! Awareness is half the problem. Now you know the harsh news and can start making some much needed changes. Take a deep breath and keep reading for some of our top tips to get you back on track.

We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we're 99% sure you are the poster child for bad workplace behavior. Not only do you need a major reset at work, you may be dealing with some boundary issues or are on the verge of a burnout. Were you the person who picked up your phone and proceeded to have a conversation during the company all-hands meeting last week? Yikes - we know you probably took a beating with all the icy glares thrown your way (yes, they were looking at you). Don't worry though. You've come to the right place to cure your workplace conundrums. We've got the prescription in the form of some easy tips to get you back on track.

Jive's Tips to Break Bad Work Habits

  • According to a recent Jive Harris survey, the most annoying mobile behavior is having loud or private conversations in public areas of the workplace. The next time you hear a co-worker yapping away in a common area, politely suggest he/she get a room. An unoccupied meeting room or office is a win-win for all parties.
  • 59% of folks, according to the survey, are annoyed by co-workers who don't silence or shut off their phones when appropriate. This seems like a no-brainer, but it's still a real problem everywhere (including the movie theater!). Suggest at the beginning of the next team meeting that all attendees shut off their cell phones now so there's no interruptions later. Cutting out those simple distractions might make you all more productive. There's a novel idea!

Jive's Tips to Break Bad Work Habits

  • According to a recent Jive Harris survey, 52% of employees are annoyed by people who check their phones during an in-person conversation. Studies suggest that eye contact has a positive impact on the retention and recall of information and may promote more efficient learning. Even though it's hard to put down your phone, do it anyway and pay attention when someone is talking to you. You'll build stronger relationships with your co-workers and hey, you might even learn something!
  • 20% of employees who use mobile phones for work feel they have less personal freedom and have to be "always on" with no real time off. Not shutting off can lead to bigger problems like burnout. We know you're the type of person who values reliability, but you need a break, too. Make it a point to avoid checking your phone after a certain hour at night. You'll get some invaluable down time to recharge and your co-workers might take a hint to do the same. Win-win.

Jive's Tips to Break Bad Work Habits

  • According to Jive's recent Harris survey, using reply-all when the response only needs to go to one person takes the cake for the most annoying email offense ever. Email is annoying enough, so use one-off replies to communicate and solve problems with an individual. 36% of your co-workers will thank you.
  • The survey also says that 52% of employees are annoyed by people who check their phones during an in-person conversation. Studies suggest that eye contact has a positive impact on the retention and recall of information and may promote more efficient learning. Even though it's hard to put your phone down, do it anyways and pay attention when someone is talking to you. You'll build stronger relationships with your co-workers and hey, you might even learn something!

Jive's Tips to Break Bad Work Habits

  • According to a recent Jive Harris survey, 52% of employees are annoyed by people who check their phones during an in-person conversation. Studies suggest that eye contact has a positive impact on the retention and recall of information and may promote more efficient learning. Even though it's hard to put your phone down, do it anyways and pay attention when someone is talking to you. You'll build stronger relationships with your co-workers and hey, you might even learn something!
  • 20% of employees who use mobile phones for work feel they have less personal freedom and have to be "always on" with no real time off. Not shutting off can lead to bigger problems like burnout. We know you're the type of person who values reliability, but you need a break, too. Make it a point to avoid checking your phone after a certain hour at night. You'll get some invaluable down time to recharge and your co-workers might take a hint to do the same. Win-win.
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