Odds are, you’re reading this from your cell phone or mobile device right now.
That’s the norm these days. And what better way to stay in the loop, especially when you’re managing a busy restaurant, right?
But what if this one behavior is damaging your relationships with your staff?
Smartphones have become a staple in our technology-dominated society. What was once used primarily by top executives, they’re now found in the hands of more than half of America.
- 58% of American adults have a smartphone.
- 67% of cell owners find themselves checking their phone for messages, alerts, or calls — even when they don’t notice their phone ringing or vibrating.
- 44% of cell owners have slept with their phone next to their bed because they wanted to make sure they didn’t miss any calls, text messages, or other updates during the night.
- 29% of cell owners describe their cell phone as “something they can’t imagine living without.”
Smartphones have long been touted as beneficial for multi-taskers, but now they’ve managed to creep into every aspect of our day (and night) – both personally and professionally. And if we’re not careful, they can alter how we manage our people too.
Smartphones vs. Management
The most effective teams have two things in common: (1) They are built upon mutual respect and (2) their leadership leads by example.