my worker is at all times distracted by her cellphone

A reader writes:

One in every of my staff, Robin, is an effective worker, however she appears tethered to her mobile phone. I’ve seen her on it in small conferences and bigger ones. Conferences aren’t my favourite place to be both, however I discover it extraordinarily impolite and distracting when she does this. Having her do that in a really small assembly I used to be main whereas she was proper beside me was the final straw. I do know her mom is just not in nice well being and she or he’s coping with some issues personally, so I’m reluctant to talk together with her about this. I don’t have a problem with somebody checking the time or climate on their cellphone throughout a gathering, and even excusing themselves if it’s an pressing name or textual content, but it surely’s coming throughout poorly. She has even talked about going into withdrawals with out her cellphone. Ought to I handle this?

I reply this query — and three others — over at Inc. as we speak, the place I’m revisiting letters which have been buried within the archives right here from years in the past (and typically updating/increasing my solutions to them). You may learn it right here.

Different questions I’m answering there as we speak embrace:

  • Find out how to implement excessive requirements whereas nonetheless treating staff like adults
  • Are executives coaches value it?
  • When an worker can’t attend a compulsory assembly

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