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I Guess I'm Really Old

July 5th, 2015 at 10:20 am

I saw a job posting that said that employees must adhere to the strict office policy about not using social media during work hours. I assume the company had problems with this in the past or they wouldn't have felt a need to include it in their job listing.

I guess I'm really old and/or old-fashioned because I can't imagine using my work time for any personal "business" unless it was of a true emergency nature (and then I'd tell my boss and co-workers so they knew what was going on). I keep my cell phone on mute at work and check it only at the end of the day or on my break, never on company time. I'm on Facebook but only check it from home.

I have noticed that people are sneaking peeks at their cell phones more often at work. And when I used to go in to people's homes for my work I would often notice the cleaning crews chatting on their phones.

I feel sorry for employers who feel they must be the "Twitter police."

Note to employers: This is one area where you probably won't have to babysit the 50+ crowd . . . yet another reason to give us a shot at that job!






10 Responses to “I Guess I'm Really Old”

  1. scottish girl Says:

    I've been trying recently not to check my phone as much when I'm on my break at work. I'm still new to the department and I'm trying to get to know everyone, but I can't do that if we're all looking at our phones.

  2. scfr Says:

    scottish girl - At least you wait until you are on break to check it! I only check mine on break when I'm expecting an important call, which may or may not be a good thing.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    I don't think it is a case where you are old, it is just that your priorities to give your employer the time for which you are being paid. It is called being responsible and I applaud you for it!

  4. Ima saver Says:

    Well, I am really, really old. I don't even have a cell phone or do I want one.
    My husband has one on his job and he hates it. He never carries it around or in his pocket and he's the boss. He leaves it in his van all day.

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    I watched a soldier checking his smart phone while checking ids at the post gate this week! How careful is he being about checking ids?!

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I will admit that there are times during the day other than breaks/lunch that I look at my phone. However, it's only when there are no phone calls, no customers, no orders, no projects I'm working on ... IOW when I'm really, really bored. Even then I might only look at it for one or two minutes tops.

  7. scfr Says:

    Wow ccf, that is kind of concerning, isn't it? Clearly this isn't just about a loss of productivity or violation of company policy. There are many professions where it could potentially mean an injury or loss of life: nurse, child care provider, train engineer, etc, etc. The list is long.

  8. scfr Says:

    rob62521 - You're absolutely right. I remember a young man who worked at my company a couple years ago. I was his supervisor. He was very much part of the "young crowd." He came to work in a Tshirt and cutoffs and flipflops (we have a casual dress code but that's really casual even for our place) and was glued to his smart phone in the break room. But when he was at his work station on company time he was all about the work and did a fantastic job. I recommended him for a promotion but he never got it because he was just working to save up some $$ and had gone on to law school. He and I were from different generations with different work styles, but he was an awesome and responsible employee. I'm sure he is making or will make a great attorney.

  9. Kaycee Fisher Says:



    Not true. 2 of my new co-workers are 50+ and they are always looking at their phones. @@


  10. ceejay74 Says:

    It's definitely more porous for some of us these days, the line between personal and work. I admit, I keep FB and email and SA up at work and sometimes do my banking/budgeting while at work. On the other hand, I rarely take a lunch break, and often check/answer work emails from home when I'm technically off the clock. So there are trade-offs for the company; they're not just losing some of my time at work, they're gaining my time away from work.

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