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Should I Offer Incentives to Employees Willing to Put Away Their Phones?

Should I Offer Incentives to Employees Willing to Put Away Their Phones?

Update: 2020-02-03
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From text messages to Facebook updates, there's no denying that we as a generation have become dependent on our cell phones to provide us with an instant dose of entertainment. Still, there are times when the fine line between "diversion" and "distraction" can become a little blurry, particularly in the work environment. So, how do you as a small business owner determine if your office's cell phone usage is decreasing productivity and whether it's time to curb your employees' screen time with some financial incentives? In this episode, Gene Marks and Elizabeth Larkin discuss the effectiveness of paying your employees to stay off their cell phones.





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2:14 —Today's Topic: Should I Offer a Higher Pay Rate to Keep My Employees From Using Their Cell Phones?



4:10 —So long as an employee's cell phone activity isn't interfering with your business's productivity, there is really no need to micromanage their usage.



4:22 —Business owners should keep in mind that there are certain job responsibilities that require an employee's undivided attention, such as customer service. In these instances, any cell phone usage would be inappropriate and would give your customers the wrong impression.



6:06 —If you think excessive cell phone activity is impacting your staff's safety or ability to accomplish their work, then drawing up a formal cell phone policy is more than reasonable.



8:26 —Paying your employees not to use their cell phones is redundant because it compensates them for something they should already be doing.



11:02 —Gene encourages small business owners to embrace all the new AI (artificial intelligence) tools that their software vendors are developing, because these applications will ultimately save their businesses a lot of time and money in the future.





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Elizabeth: Welcome back to the Small Biz Ahead podcast. I'm Elizabeth Larkin from The Hartford and I'm here with Gene Marks, who is a small business owner, he owns The Marks Group, a speaker, and a columnist.



Gene: Yes.



Elizabeth: And our small business expert.



Gene: Yes. And not a bad softball player.



Elizabeth: Not a bad softball player.



Gene: Believe it or not I still play a lot of softball, even at my age.



Elizabeth: So, today's question is actually about the most popular article we have on Small Biz Ahead and the article is called, "What to Do When an Employee Spends Too Much Time on Their Cell Phone."



Gene: This is the most popular article?



Elizabeth: This is the most popular article.



Gene: Wow, that's so fascinating. Okay, cool.



Elizabeth: Yeah.



Gene: That's very interesting.



Elizabeth: I mean it is right now, sometimes it isn't but...



Gene: Yeah, yeah,
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Should I Offer Incentives to Employees Willing to Put Away Their Phones?

Should I Offer Incentives to Employees Willing to Put Away Their Phones?

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