Phone Etiquette...How do you handle in social situations?

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    Feb 20, 2013 7:18 PM GMT
    My job requires a lot of my time and I have clients/prospective clients texting, emailing and calling throughout the day and evening for information. When I'm out with friends, I will respond to messages or answer a call as I want to be quick with responding. I'm curious how others handle work situations/commitments while out socially. I really don't want to be rude....just trying to balance work and personal life.

    Thanks....Jose
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    Feb 20, 2013 9:16 PM GMT
    Unless it's a real emergency call that I'm expecting, I simply don't answer the business line, or look at the business mailboxes, outside of business hours. Otherwise, they will simply eat you alive.

    The only exception is if I'm playing hooky - out sailing during work hours or something like that.
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    Feb 20, 2013 9:53 PM GMT
    If someone is too busy to talk to me on a date and continually answers his phone, I order a very larger water then snag their phone and stick it in the water and leave icon_twisted.gif
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    Feb 20, 2013 10:52 PM GMT
    I'll take a shitty paying job with lots of free time over a high paying job with no free time.

    Only a sociopath with no "real" friends and no hobbies can hold down a 24/7 job for very long.
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    Feb 20, 2013 11:14 PM GMT
    Put the phone away or GTFO, ain't nobody got time for that.
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    Feb 20, 2013 11:24 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidUnless it's a real emergency call that I'm expecting, I simply don't answer the business line, or look at the business mailboxes, outside of business hours. Otherwise, they will simply eat you alive.

    The only exception is if I'm playing hooky - out sailing during work hours or something like that.


    Agreed!

    Work phone is for work and gets switched off outside of work hours, abs definitely at the weekend.

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    Feb 20, 2013 11:56 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidIf someone is too busy to talk to me on a date and continually answers his phone, I order a very larger water then snag their phone and stick it in the water and leave icon_twisted.gif

    LOL! Well, you introduce the issues of dates, whereas the OP was talking friends. Maybe we can discuss both situations, which may have differences.

    I think friends can be more tolerant of call & text interruptions, because they likely know your job & routine, and things often aren't as formal when you go out together. Still, it's polite to alert even your friends that you may be getting an expected call, and when it arrives to ask, out of courtesy, if you may take it in their presence, or excuse yourself.

    As for dates, though, I think you answer your cell at your peril, especially first-time ones. The focus should be on him only.

    Although I have been known to resort to a little cell phone theatre. Deliberately leaving the phone on, when a call comes I pretend I forgot to silence it, saying it can go to voice and wait. That really signals the guy how important the date with him is, he's got top priority.
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    Feb 21, 2013 12:07 AM GMT
    This isn't on dates but in friend type situations. I do try to explain my work situation prior to going out and meeting them so that there aren't any surprises. Unfortunately, most of my clients are on the West coast so they tend to call after they are done with their work day. But I agree....I need to make time for the people I care about as no one ever said on their death bed "gosh..I wish I would've worked more". Thanks guys!
  • Timbales

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    Feb 21, 2013 2:39 AM GMT
    Unless your job requires you to be available to your clients at all hours, I'd suggest that you have a polite but informative voice-mail message that states when you can normally be reached and that you will respond the next business day. For your west coast clients, you may want to be available until 7 PM.