While the use of mobile phones has grown in popularity over the past few years, the level of courtesy among cell phone users has dwindled, suggests a survey of executives by Accountemps, a temporary staffing service for accounting, finance, and bookkeeping professionals. Sixty-three percent of respondents felt cell phone users are less polite than they were three years ago.
Executives also weighed in on the appropriate places to conduct business on mobile phones, with 64% believing it was okay to talk on the phone while driving and 58% maintaining that taking calls while riding public transportation is acceptable. The biggest blunders are accepting a call during a meeting or while dining in a restaurant, according to 94 and 91% of executives, respectively. Other places considered off-limits include sporting events (72%), the golf course (64%), and malls and supermarkets (58%).
"Cell phones are a valuable business tool because they allow clients to contact you even when you're traveling," argues Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps. …