Balancing act: How connected is too connected when it comes to work?

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  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 1:03 p.m.

    What percentage of cell phone calls and texts at work are really "emergencies?" I have seen far too many employees burn hours off the work day with phones and other digital devices. I doubt that any working adult packing a cell phone for their spouse to call throughout the day is ever very productive on the job.

    The pernicious ringtones are invading weddings, meetings, family time, the classroom, the bedroom, the restroom and the board room. Students can't do homework or take tests without access to Google. It is time to turn the cell phones off and our brains back on. Live a genuine life and be productive at work. When you are at work, limit cellphone access for family members to real emergencies, and unless you are an MD on-call, turn the thing completely off as often as possible when you are not on the job.