November 2016 - Facebook and iPhone has been around for more than a decade - and yes - I'm using social media, networking, everything.
Many people in the office use their personal mobile devices too.
I'm not sure if that is appropriate.
I have a proposal to my boss explaining:
- I'm using my phone at work for not-work
- I don't feel great about it, I feel I should be more work-orientated
- Please acknowledge / appreciate current factual reality
- Allow me to spend 30 minutes in the morning (7am) and 30 minutes in the evening (10pm) to handle communication / email / scheduling when working with teams across multiple timezones.
In that way:
- I could use my phone officially without being guilty, without stealing time / attention / mindshare from my employer
- I could be more productive by responding to queries outside core working hours and unblocking other people
In the office everyone is using mobile phones. In my understanding it is "silently approved" but I would like to improve the process and feel good about it.
What would be the best way to approach a conversation with my manager?
Ideally I would like to not shot in my foot, but be honest, with integrity, having the interest of all parties in mind.
EDIT / UPDATE: I wonder what would be the response if rather than saying "social media" I was mentioning:
- co-ordinating freelancers