Dear All,
can you pls throw some light on Cell phones its usage in the office premises, should be banned or encouraged !!!!
In our office I have seen a few continiously talking on the mobile for hours time for no good reasons & resembling as if they are working on the system, We can't even hear the transaction of the same, unless the person puts the mobile on the desk or clears his ear with the cellphone inside his hands.
Is there any procedure to streamline the above, pls let me know your views.

From India, Hyderabad
This is a problem in our office also. Like call centres, it is difficult to have a check in quantity and quality of work the employees do in 8 hour shift. Banning mobiles is not at all possible, you may know that even schools could not ban.
Giving work target instead of just 8 hours presence will be the only solution.

From India, Mumbai
There is no such policy to stop Cell phones its usage in the office premises. But it reflects their culture. Just make a cordial request them "Try to avoid cell usage in Office premises" this only you suppose to do.
Pawan Krishna Reddy.C
HR Reliance Retails Ltd

From India, Hyderabad
My suggestion is have a meet with all the team leaders and ask their suggestion. Also send this query to all the employees and seek their suggestion. Select from them and make a circular saying that for the issue on cell phone addressed the suggestion given by one of our associate seems to be appreciatable and henceforth we are implementing the same today.
This will help you to attend this issue little sensitively.
Priya Maran G

From India, Madras
Hi Srilatha,
I am not sure whether this will work..... You can ask your employees to switch off / turn on the silent mode and hand over to the security person before entering the office premises. I saw this system in Tidel Park.

From India, Madras
Hi Srilatha,

I work in the HR department for a BPO and we have a cell phone usage policy which firstly emphasizes the point that none of our employees are allowed to carry camera phones into office....not even our CEO :) we did get a whole lot of push back from our employees but due to information security and the necessity to safe gaurd or clients informations we were able to to drive this point through and once the tone at the top was set it was smooth sailing after that.

Coming back to our cell phone policy, some of the salient features are

1) Executives on the shop floor are requested to hand over their cell phones to their supervisors and collect them back once they are leaving for the day.

2)All phones have to be put on silent or switched off during work hours.

3) All supervisors have to share their numbers with their team members so that incase there is an emergency their families can call the supervisor.

These are just a few points that we have in the policy. I hope this was helpful for you. Do let me know incase you have any questions.



Dear Latha Have u gone through the cell phone policy sent by me. I am sure the same would be of some use to you... Regards M. Peer Mohamed Sardhar
From India, Coimbatore
Almost everything has been covered...Would like to add something..
As very well said, it is not possible to ban use of Mobile phones in the office premise..
Nowadays, some corporates gives CUG mobile connections where Internal communication will be free of charge...Outgoing as well...So sometime amount of gossiping increases....
Use of mobile cannot be stopped...I have seen employees who carry TWO mobiles with them!..!.......but there should be a watch...if employees are unnecessarily spending time talking on cell which disturb others as well then necessary actions should be taken...
Do & Dont's for Mobile use in the premise could be added in Code of Conduct of Company's HR manual...

From India, Vadodara
Dear Friends,
Some companies use Jammers to stop the signals and avoid their employees from using mobiles. Some companies use Towers to get signals inside the office to facilitate the mobile users in office premises. some companies provide Mobile phones to employees for their official use. some companies keep lockers at the entrance for locking the mobiles of the employees. SO IT DEPENDS ON THE COMPANY & COMPANY POLICIES.

From India, Madras
Hi Srilatha,
You need to distinguish if you are making polivy for BPO employees or IT employees.
For BPO many companies follow the process of handing cell phones to supervisors.
For IT employees it has to be driven by employees. Few pointers in the policy -
1- Cell phone on silent mode or switch off mode in office
2 - Fine for loud tunes
3 - Special metion about usage of cell phones in meetings and professional gatherings
These are some important points you can take into consideration while drafting policy.

From United States, Minneapolis

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