Should I request a direct not use a laptop for notetaking?
I have a direct who has recently started taking notes on her laptop during staff meetings. There are 4 reasons I have a problem with this.
- The direct can not participate activley in discussions. She is looking at the laptop the whole time, even while speaking to others. This behavior I find rude and several other directs have expressed the same thought to me.
- The clicking away of the keys while people are talking is distracting.
- I suspect that the direct is probably checking e-mails during the meeting. I do not allow anyone to use thier Blackberry or I-Phone in the middle of the meeting, why would a PC be ok?
- Lastly, what is going to happen when a high level executive conducts or sits in on a meeting with my team. If the direct uses the laptop and the senior executive finds it rude, then it reflects poorly on me for allowing the behavior. If the direct has enough sense to not do it around a senior executive then it shows a lack of respect for me.
I would be interested in some feedback on this. Am I alone on this. I am planning on providing feedback the her on this.