At a law firm I previously worked with, a legal secretary sat outside my office in my direct line of sight from my desk.  She would brazenly type on her personal phone so often in the course of the workday that I nicknamed her “Blackberry girl.” She wasn’t employed there for very long. ~ Excerpt from “Smithson: Making the call on workplace cell phone abuse” (Kelowna Capital News)

This looks good, when you’re using apps for work.

The columnist has a point, i.e. that frequent personal cell phone use at your desk looks bad and is bad, if you are sending personal texts, checking Facebook, and/or online shopping.

Which is why I recently made a point of telling my long-time supervising attorney that when he sees me brazenly typing on my iPhone often during the course of a workday, it’s because I’m using it for work, such as the notes feature when he breezes by my desk casually mentioning to-dos, the Court Days app for quick litigation deadline calculations, the calculator app for short sums that don’t require an Excel spreadsheet, or the Days Between app for settlement figures. 

He can nickname me “iPhone/iPad fangirl” if he wants. I use both all day long for work.

And I paid for both devices and all the legal, business, and productivity apps myself.

Source:  Kelowna Capital News

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