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Office Etiquette in Vancouver September 30, 2008

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Okay, rant over!

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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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