Your friend calling to chat, your child calling to say the dog had an accident on the rug, or your mom calling to tell you your cousin Tilly is engaged can all wait until you are done with work or on a break. 3 Let Your Cell Phone Calls Go to Voicemail Klaus Mellenthin / Getty Images Unless you are certain an incoming call is important, let voicemail pick it up. It won't take long to check your messages, but if you answer the call, you may have trouble getting off the phone. 4 Find a Private Place to Make Cell Phone Calls Thomas Barwick / Getty Images While it's okay to use your cell phone at work for private calls during breaks, do it away from your desk. Find somewhere else to talk, where no one can overhear your conversation. Do this even if what you are discussing isn't personal . You may be on a break, but your coworkers are not. 5 Don't Bring Your Cell Phone Into the Restroom ... Ever Peter Cade / Getty Images Please follow this rule regardless of whether you are using your phone at work or elsewhere. Why? Well, if you must ask—you never know who is in there; the person on the other end of the line will hear bathroom sounds, ., toilets flushing; it is an invasion of your coworkers' privacy. 6 Don't Bring Your Cell Phone to Meetings Tara Moore / Getty Images In addition to using cell phones to talk or text, they have become an essential work tool. With that in mind, this rule should read "Don't Bring Your Cell Phone to Meetings If You Are Going to Use It for Anything Not Related to the Meeting." You may have your calendar on your phone, and you may even use an app on it to take notes. If you need to have it with you for those reasons, then you don't have much of a choice.
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