You may find some of these suggestions basic, but it wasn’t until the other day that I realized it’s the basic ones that we forget or take for granted. Just like every day we may forget some basic manners like a ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’. Yes, we certainly forget little things that matter in big ways. Sales agents may even forget that real people are behind that phone or profile page online. I reminded my teenager to not depend entirely on technology- asked her if there were no technology, would you have any friends? It seems all of their social life is online and on the phone.
Technology is everywhere and everything now, but even technology comes with some stipulations and rules if you plan on using it advantageously. Our youth need to understand how to use technology personally (I don’t think they have a problem with that) versus professionally (this may be an issue). Don’t get me wrong, I am fully aware of how the personal online life spills over into the professional, especially with social networking, but there is the difference between appropriate and inappropriate. For the professionals out there, the following pointers listed are excellent reminders.
- Do utilize fitness apps to help keep
you in shape- also mind or word puzzle apps to keep your mind fit
- Don’t use text-speak for emails. Please use complete sentences when writhing a professional email.
- Do be aware of how your employer or workplace expects you to use or not use technology/ your own devices.
- Don’t use technology as the only form of keeping in touch with your personal contacts.
- Do use technology for business contacts after you’ve established an
- Don’t use emails or texts to avoid difficult conversations
- Do use technology for saving time, not getting distracted
- Don’t become too reliant on technology
- Do keep yourself informed about the
latest innovations in technology
- Don’t assume everyone communicates the way you do, meaning that there will be older generations in the workforce longer and not all appreciate texting- some may even like a phone call. Everyone is different. Always ask their preferred method of contacting them.
- Do turn on and off your phone and devices at appropriate times.