Everyone has endured that embarrassing moment of sending the wrong text message to someone, perhaps a flirty statement that was accidentally sent to your mother. Mobile devices are a great advancement that have made it easier than ever for people to stay connected, but they do create some ground for potentially awkward situations. In an article for TechRepublic, Mary Shacklett elaborates on some situations that may become complicated.
Utilizing mobile devices may seem harmless, but they can greatly complicate and stress work relationships. Shacklett stresses the necessity for setting ground rules so the lines are never blurred. There are three potentially awkward situations that mobile devices can foster in the workplace:
- Personal messages
- Staying connected while on vacation
- Bring your own device
Particularly in IT, it is common and kind of expected that employees stay connected to their work while on vacation. Managers may want to ask them about a situation, and employees often do not want to get behind on their work. While all of this is legal, it is not necessarily healthy for employees to constantly be connected to work. People need time away to take a break and enjoy life so they do not burn out.
Employees tend to believe that when a company has a bring-your-own-device policy that they are entitled to their privacy. The law dictates that companies have the right to monitor communications on personal devices, as long as the company is clear to the employee about the policy. HR departments must be explicit with their employees about what the policy is.
You can read the original article here: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/mobile-devices-in-the-workplace-three-situations-that-could-get-awkward/