Do you allow people to bring phones & BlackBerries to your meetings? What type of rules do you have regarding their use?
In some of the casts, Mark & Mike have said that they don't have a problem with people these devices into meetings as long as they are set to vibrate and nobody takes a call in the meeting. Is this just for company issued devices or for personal devices as well? Nobody in my meeting is using a company provided device. So the email or phone calls that they are receiving in the meeting not work related. I have seen them stop mid-sentence to check an incoming message or caller ID. Is it reasonable for me to ask them to leave these devices at their desk?
I'm a younger manager, with no wife or kids. A majority of my DRs have little kids. When I try to give feedback regarding this behavior they like to pull the concerned parent card with me, claiming that I don't know what it is like to have children, therefore I couldn't possibly understand that they need their devies with them at all times in case there is an emergency at home. Our meetings are rarely longer than an hour and if they do go longer we usually break every hour for a few minutes.
FULL DISCLOSURE: I have posted before under a different name. Based on my recommendation, a few of my directs are now active members. They know my original username, which makes it difficult to consult the forums about issues related to the team.