Over the last couple of weeks we have been discussing engagement in our organisation and alongside this revisiting the values and behaviours of the organisation with a view to shifting the culture of the organisation.
One of the things that has struck me is people's obsession with accessing their emails in meetings, workshops, etc. I have been to several meetings internally and workshops externally and mainly senior managers (although not exclusively) appear pre-occupied with their blackberries, ipads, etc in terms of reading and responding to emails
Some try to do it inconspicuously whilst others are more brazen and the worst exponents seem to have their say in discussions and then return to their blackberry as if any other contribution apart from theirs is not worth listening to.
I must admit that not only this is really irritating but also rude and disrespectful and I do wonder how people coped before modern day technology especially the services these people left behind whilst in meetings and workshops as it appears they must be in constant contact with their office/service otherwise the world will stop turning!!
I am sure there are other more important issues that irritate people but I do feel better now – thank you!!