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Your Cellphone Could be Destroying Your Productivity

By April 16, 2013May 11th, 2021Blog

The first cell phone hit the market over forty years ago, and since then they have become one of the most popular electronics in the world. Of course, forty years ago the far-reaching implications of making that first call could have not been predicted, and the drag they were to create on people as a whole was unknown as well.

Cell phones were first used as tools of connection, but with the popularity of smartphones increasing, nowadays they’re mostly used for distraction from the important things. But is it possible, you ask, to lose your business over a phone?

Employees are Distracted

Even if you’ve banned Facebook and other social media outlets on work computers, how likely is it that people are away from those outlets all day when they have smartphones? They are likely on and off Twitter and texting applications throughout the day, meaning their quality and quantity of work begins to drop.

To counteract this, simply tell employees they are not to use their cell phones for any reason while they are working. Not only should they not be carried, they should be turned off unless on break or lunch. If a family member has an emergency and needs to get through to someone at your office, make sure that every individual has their own personal work phone.

Security

Cell phones are a security risk, and that’s just the truth of the matter. When employees bring their own devices to work, including laptops and smartphones, and they are allowed to be hooked into networks with private data, they suddenly become a security risk. A single lost device can completely cripple an organization when it falls into the wrong hands.

It may sound expensive, but it’s a better choice to simply buy work phones and work computers for those who need them. Don’t allow any personal devices on the network, especially if they don’t have any required protection programs that allow them to be on the network in the first place.

Cell phones may make the world go round, but they also need to be used carefully and considered a distraction as much as a tool.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.