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Lots of questions for a rather simple issue. IMO, all this depends on how
much you folks rely on cell phones.  In my business, I get more than half of
all my business calls on cell so not allowing them would be an example of
20th century backwardness which could hurt my bottom line.  


I see little reason for any these rules.  It's not the cell phone that
causes the disruption, it's the person taking/making the call or talking too
loudly once on.  The cell phone is no different than a land line, so why
even make the distinction?


The only place I agree would be in meetings, which are sort of akin to
taking a cell phone into a movie theatre.  Otherwise, the rules are just
examples of the reasons why I started my own business.  And, IMO, with those
rules, some of your employees might end up thinking the same thing.  I can
just hear an employee telling his wife, "I swear, Hon'...he says he can hear
the 'vibrate' and it annoys him. That's why I never knew you called. He made
me turn it off."


Bottom line...seems way too anal to me...





From: Gary Loomis [mailto:gloomis(--nospam--at)] 
Sent: Thursday, December 27, 2007 1:34 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Procedures


This is not technical matter, however it does impact how we do our work.
Our company after 20 years finally developed a Personnel Manual three years
ago.  One of the items that I would like to revise is the cell phone policy.
I would allow cell phones only if (1) they are on silent or vibrate mode in
the office and the person uses it only in his/her office, (2) no cell phones
in meetings even if they are on vibrate (I can still hear them vibrate), and
(3) visitors would be asked to put their phones on silent/vibrate when
coming into the office.  The only reason I would allow the cell phones to be
on in the office is to free up the company phone lines (we have 4 lines and
at times all four are ringing).  


One of the other directors of the company wants to know what other companies
are doing.  To me, it does not matter we should establish our procedures as
we see fit.  However, to address his concerns, would you please take a few
minutes to answer the following questions.

1.	Does your company have a personnel manual?
2.	How many employees are in your company?  (We have 15).
3.	Does your company allow the use of cell phones in the office?

*	Company provided phones?
*	Personal phones?

4.	If so, are they required to be silent/vibrate mode?  Turned off?
5.	Are they permitted in meetings?

*	On silent/vibrate mode only?
*	Not at all?

6.	 Do you have signs asking visitors to turn off their cell phones?
7.	How do you enforce the policy?  Are you successful?

Thank you for taking the time to complete this informal survey.


Gary Loomis, PE

Master Engineers and Designers, Inc

Lynchburg, VA


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