Company mobile

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Q. I’ve just started a new job and I have a company mobile phone, now I feel like I am on call as my boss feels he can call me any time of the day, night or weekend. How can I combat this without appearing lazy? Mary


A. Thanks for your question and a good one at that. Just like we need to manage our career and manage ourselves we also need to manage our mobile phones and our boundaries around use of it. My advice is simple -Firstly do you have evidence to back up that your boss expects you to take calls day and night? or is that your perception?

The first step to take is to have you mobile phone switched on within office hours and office hours only. Avoid trying to be all things to all men and this ultimately will cause burn out and you wont be of any use to anyone at that point..

Take control and work smartly. Return calls or answer them only when you can and screen if necessarity. Its about time management and prioritising what is urgent and important.. Its also about balance and you need time to re fuel and re energise and develop your life outside of work time so you can be the best that you can be inside of work hours.

You may want to have a discussion with your boss to manage his expectations and yours and set these boundaries around phone use from the beginning.Its a good time for this as you have just commenced your new role, in order words educate your boss about how you work and start as you mean to go on but do this from a positive standpoint!. This could really help set the record straight from the start and could involve a very simple conversation around it. He/she will know you are a committed employee if you work smartly during office hours anyway and thus perform well.. Say to yourself "In order to protect my time and energy it is ok to switch off my phone in the evenings". Take action and take control! good luck!