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Office Etiquette in Vancouver September 30, 2008


Just a quick post today after experiencing something in my office that drives me nuts – Cell Phones.


I’ve never been a huge fan of big signs asking you to turn off cell phones, I think they are tacky and usually I don’t have to ask anyone twice to turn off their phone. Most times, people are very apologetic if a cell phone accidentally goes off during a treatment.


In reality, I’m not bothered at all if the occasional cell phone rings. What drives me nuts is when people actually get up off the table to pick it up.


In my chiropractic practice, I work mainly out of one room. Each person has their allotted time and usually I am not running in and out. Unless its an absolute emergency, I never leave the room to take a phone call or speak to someone. My patients expect me to be fully present for their appointment, and I expect the same thing.


Is this unreasonable? Does anyone else have any experience with this, or more effective ways of putting a stop to it other than mentioning that its not appreciated?


Okay, rant over!


2 Responses to “Office Etiquette in Vancouver”

  1. If a patient is actually rude enough to answer a ringing phone, I will leave the room and close the door gently to give them privacy. I usually assume they’d like some privacy. I also usually assume they’d like 20 or 30 minutes of privacy. Then, after that amount of time has passed, I will gently knock on the door and ask if they are done with their phone call (which of course only lasted a minute or so and the rest of the time they were sitting around waiting for me to return.)

    It has never happened twice.

  2. drdebbie Says:

    Brilliant. I am going to try this out next time on the guilty party!

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