Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Texting at Work? Twittering Lawmakers in the Digital Age

Certain lawmakers text-messaged during President Obama's speech to the joint session of Congress last night, according to recent reports.

Some argue that this disrespected the President, while others think the Twittering-lawmakers used technology appropriately to keep their constituents up to date with the latest breaking developments.

A hot-button issue, technology at work has kept plenty of lawyers busy. One recent disciplinary action involved a worker whose company reprimanded her for texting during a meeting. She thought she was doing the right thing by immediately responding to an issue raised during the meeting. Her boss thought she was acting bored and disrespectful.

Are timing and context key here? Does the content of the text messages make a difference? Or is the act of texting during a meeting insubordination? What do you think?

Photo credit: White House photo 2/24/09 by Joyce N. Boghosian; Subscribe to Kimberlie Ryan's Working Wellness

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