Now that I have your attention. Been in a meeting recently where people were more engaged with their PDAs, phones or laptops than they were in the meeting? Thought so. It can be extremely frustrating. In response some companies have gone "topless" at meetings. No laptops during the discussions. Other companies have chosen to include IPhones and other personal devices that are so common in the workplace.
The article brings out several critical points both pro/con for the idea. They include:
- Partial attention due to using the devices during the meeting leads to partial results.
- Using the devices has created a mindset of "continuous partial attention." There is no point at which one is fully engaged in just one event or activity.
- Etiquette has not kept up with technology.
- The root problem may be that people just hate meetings.
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