One of the constant arguments/conversations we have here at work is the use of cell phones on the job. One of the guys who works here, he’s the director of admissions and trust me that sounds more impressive then what it is as we are a small CDL school. He’s an older guy, probably mid sixties, and is a die-hard Republican upper class white man. He wants to get rid of all welfare, all lower class citizens are that way because they chose to be, blah blah blah. Well he believes that a mans job is to work 7 days a week 20 hours a day if he has to too provide a good home for his wife and kids (this is a totally different conversation), anyways he is always telling me that if I worked for him I’d be fired because I’m on my phone. Now in my defense I listen to my music on my phone and 90% of the time he see’s me messing with my phone it’s because I’m either changing songs or making it work again because it always stops playing for some reason. He will go on and on how I’m the best person they’ve ever had for this position, I’m great at my job and I def get my job done, but in the next breath he’ll say “I’d fire ya though because your on your cell phone”.
We started discussing this again yesterday and I asked him “What’s the problem? I mean if I get my job done (which you’ve said I do a fantastic job) then why is it such a problem if I get on my phone during work hours?” His simple answer was “It shows you have a poor work ethic”. Which if I’m so great at my job and get my job done I don’t see how that is, but that is his very disconnected snobbish way of thinking, something I tell him he is all the time. I told him that at my age I’m old enough to remember a time with no computers, no cell phones, and no technology greater then the VCR and Walkmans. I am also young enough to have seen all the great inventions come forward, like the cell phone, the Ipads and all those other great conveniences that are suppose to make our lives easier but tend to make it worse.
I explained to this guy that the younger generation today does not know of a life without a cell phone, a personal computer ect. That they are raised with this and have learned to carry on entire friendships without ever actually meeting the other person and that business is going to have to accept the fact that people are not going to stop using their cell phones at work. He argued with me that the CEO’s of companies have not now and will not ever tolerate this behavior in the work place and that people will continue to be fired for it. He went on to say that there are more then enough jobs available in America right now, but the lazy people here that are on their phones all the time and only want to work 8 hours a day 5 days a week will never be able to get these jobs, therefore choosing to stay poor.
So my questions to you, my fellow bloggers is… Do you think it’s acceptable for someone to use their phone during working hours ESPECIALLY if they are getting their job done and do it well? Do you think business will ever accept it, or do you think it will continue to be a reason to discharge employees?