The tricky business of private cell p...

The tricky business of private cell phone calls at work

There are 26 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Oct 9, 2006, titled The tricky business of private cell phone calls at work. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Liz Calderon of Cicero thought she was safe when one memorable call came through on her cell phone.

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robert

United States

#1 Oct 9, 2006
it is my humble belief, cell phones should be turned OFF at work. this will keep ur work seperate from business and allow you to function without any unnecessary interuptions; however, your children and those needing your immediate necessary attention should be allowed to call you on your business line without any crap from your supervisor or others on another higher level of authority. CELL PHONES ONLY BELONG AT WORK WHEN YOU ARE THE OWNER OF THE BUSINESS, PERIOD. This is only an opinion...
Bob

Miami, FL

#2 Oct 9, 2006
I agree. If your phone is a personel phone it should be turned off during work hours.
Steve

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#3 Oct 9, 2006
robert wrote:
it is my humble belief, cell phones should be turned OFF at work. this will keep ur work seperate from business and allow you to function without any unnecessary interuptions; however, your children and those needing your immediate necessary attention should be allowed to call you on your business line without any crap from your supervisor or others on another higher level of authority. CELL PHONES ONLY BELONG AT WORK WHEN YOU ARE THE OWNER OF THE BUSINESS, PERIOD. This is only an opinion...
Perfectly said!!!
RobertBobandStev esMom

Hollywood, FL

#4 Oct 9, 2006
didnt I teach you bettah
WTF are you ghouls even saying -
Im yanking your 3 way phone privs. and blackballing you from the ip server
Luv
moma
shannon

Jensen Beach, FL

#5 Oct 9, 2006
how about people that talk on their cell phone while at the doctor's office? sometimes I cant even give the new patients forms to fill out because they are too busy chatting! I always have my cell phone on silent when at work or anywhere its not appropriate to ring!
shannonsMomaToo

Hollywood, FL

#6 Oct 9, 2006
Ok... igets around

but yous be keepin yer cellphone on cause i dont want you giving out no forms unless yous talk to me foist

mmkay
Give and take

Miami, FL

#7 Oct 9, 2006
A lot of us have work/home lives that have intruded onto the other, in both directions.

If an employer told me I couldn't make or take any cell phone calls at work, I'd tell him not to expect me to respond to any work-related phone calls, emails, or IMs when I'm not in the office.

Some employers are smart and realize that not all employees who do 'personal' things at work are bad. Many of us then do a lot of work-related things at home.

I think this babysitting of employees is best saved for people working hourly service jobs like mall clerks.
Goat herder

Boca Raton, FL

#8 Oct 9, 2006
Give and take wrote:
A lot of us have work/home lives that have intruded onto the other, in both directions.
If an employer told me I couldn't make or take any cell phone calls at work, I'd tell him not to expect me to respond to any work-related phone calls, emails, or IMs when I'm not in the office.
Some employers are smart and realize that not all employees who do 'personal' things at work are bad. Many of us then do a lot of work-related things at home.
I think this babysitting of employees is best saved for people working hourly service jobs like mall clerks.
You are absolutely correct. I once had a manager that thought I was on call for work or his questions 24/7.
One time when questioned about weekends we were told if our private life interfered with our work we should look for another job.
TJF

AOL

#9 Oct 9, 2006
I think that we should be able to use the cell phone for important calls only and should be sensible about it. I, for one, am a professional and work long hours, have kids I need to talk to, doctor's calls to make or recieve and the occasional private call from the husband. And I refuse to use the office phone because I don't want the office "receptionist/office spy" listening in on my calls to my bank, dr. etc. I, however, go outside, down the street, to take that important call or go in the car discreetly, on my lunch, to call . The walls in these office buildings are like tissue paper....I am a professional who will be using this wonderful technology when I need to, and if my employer trusts me at all, he will trust me not to abuse the priviledge.
jammin jerry

Orange Park, FL

#10 Oct 9, 2006
no on uses cell phones at my office period, they have no reception, i have a cell phone jammer set up in my building and no phones work, if someone needs to they go outside to use them,,,,,,,,,,,,,
George

United States

#11 Oct 9, 2006
Give and take wrote:
A lot of us have work/home lives that have intruded onto the other, in both directions.
If an employer told me I couldn't make or take any cell phone calls at work, I'd tell him not to expect me to respond to any work-related phone calls, emails, or IMs when I'm not in the office.
Some employers are smart and realize that not all employees who do 'personal' things at work are bad. Many of us then do a lot of work-related things at home.
I think this babysitting of employees is best saved for people working hourly service jobs like mall clerks.
You are fired, go home to talk on your cell.
George

United States

#12 Oct 9, 2006
jammin jerry wrote:
no on uses cell phones at my office period, they have no reception, i have a cell phone jammer set up in my building and no phones work, if someone needs to they go outside to use them,,,,,,,,,,
Well said,,,
hello

United States

#13 Oct 9, 2006
never owned a cell---organize your life. get a life away from work--booring comments.Businesses pay your salary--give them the attention,unless an emergency.
Andrew

West Palm Beach, FL

#14 Oct 9, 2006
That why I agree with TAG where they would not allow a cellphone in the place of business.
Give and take

Miami, FL

#15 Oct 9, 2006
George wrote:
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You are fired, go home to talk on your cell.
I take it you are from the "old school" when the company OWNED you 9-5... But ONLY from 9-5.

Now (if you are in a better-paying white collar job) employers and bosses feel they own you 24-7 for no extra pay and certainly no job security.

Giving a cell # to doctors, banks, or the schools is more efficient than giving them an office phone number that will most likely need to be updated more frequently.
ALEX GRAHAM BELL

AOL

#16 Oct 10, 2006
I apologize for starting this whole mess!
Ralph C

Berlin, Germany

#17 Nov 4, 2006
Perhaps this is the reason why so many of these
jammers are being purchased:
http://www.phonejammer.com
http://www.techgadgetz.com/cjama.htm
If people had more courtesy and common sense,
maybe phone use at work wouldn't be such an issue!
Alexander - I don't blame you for this mess - your
invention was brilliant - it's our misuse that's
the problem!
lollipopluv

North Richland Hills, TX

#18 Nov 8, 2008
So in this regard, if you go on breaks to use your cell phone, and the employer is questioning your cell phone use, do you think they are allowed to take your personal cell phone and look through it for the numbers and times you used your cell phone? I am asking because this happened to someone I know, and it sounds a little intrusive to me.
cell phone jammer

Kherson, Ukraine

#21 Mar 10, 2010
great range of jammers http://www.jammer-store.com/
Bad Jammers

Lansing, MI

#22 Jun 10, 2010
To you people who are using cell phone jammers in your place of business:

You do know cell phone jammers are ILLEGAL in the US, right? And the first fine for getting caught with one is $11,000.

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