While it is exciting to lay one’s hands on the latest cell phone model in the market, it is equally important to understand the terms and conditions of cell phone policy to avoid ugly surprises later. When a company assigns a cell phone policy for its employees, it is an obligation for both parties to understand what can be expected and which pitfalls to avoid. While some employers don’t permit employees to speak with friends and family while at work, a clearly laid out cell phone policy shouldn’t generally be limiting. A company needs to understand that employees may need to check on their children or elders in the family. They also may need to check for impending activities like doctors’ visits during office hours.
Employers should take time to clearly express their expectations when it comes to employees’ cell phone policy. It should not discriminate between employees and should be consistently implemented. An effective cell phone policy can add to a company’s environment and culture. The following can be some of the attributes of a successful cell phone policy:
- Employees should make personal calls during break timings as far as applicable.
- Lengthy phone calls are not acceptable and therefore should be restricted.
- Employees should exercise common sense while using cell phones. For instance they should speak quietly and refrain from sharing personal details.
The above policies, when used extensively with other sensible policies is what makes a company stand out as an employee centric organization and a place where both employer and employee benefit from mutual respect and co operation.