According to a recent Harris Poll, 63% of American’s surveyed believe that people sneak-a-peek at their cell phones during work meetings. The most popular methods of sneakery are:
- 47% – Hiding their mobile device under the table
- 42% – Excusing themselves to go to the restroom
- 35% – Hiding their mobile device in their folders/notebooks/papers
- 9% – Pretending to tie their shoes
- 8% – Creating a distraction
Creating a distraction! What an image. “Look, Carmen Electra in a helicopter!”
What’s even worse, is that 74% believe people use their cell phones at work to do things they wouldn’t do on the company computer, for example, look for another job or visit a dating site.
Still, no one is advocating a ban on mobile phones in the work place. 61% said companies should allow employees to use whatever type of device they want to access email, documents and videos. Because when we watch videos at work, it’s part of the job, right?
Sure. Here’s what people are really watching at work:
The most popular choice was news clips (25%) followed by viral videos (15%), videos posted on social networking sites (12%), sports events/sports clips (11%), television shows (9%), full length feature films (4%) and other online videos (3%).
Full length movies? And to think that employers often complain about remote workers because they can’t be sure they’re actually working. Time to take a walk around your own office.
What can marketers make of all this? I’m tempted to say, a broach, a hat and a pterodactyl. . . but how about the fact that we’re always connected. That at 3:00, a secretary is using her mobile phone to order take-out for dinner while the IT guy is involved in a bidding war on eBay.
Any time is marketing time if you’re marketing on mobile.