Posted by Tim Stobbs on June 5, 2014
So after nearly six years of dodging the issue, I finally decide to give a little ground at work and let them assign me a work cell phone. The reality has been for the majority of my time at my current company it was silly to give me a work phone as I spent the majority of my time in the office. So I just ignored any suggestions for a number of years on the topic.
Yet recently I decided to give in because it actually makes some sense as my more recent portfolio of work requires more field visits. So the work cell might actually be a bit useful. Also I’m ok with the idea after I checked with my boss that he would be ok with me not keeping two phones. I would also use my work phone for personal usage. The trick is I would have to pay if I took it on vacation out of the country, which is totally fair. Not to mention I don’t pay the $55/month bill for a unlimited talk, text and data plan (heck I even get to save my normal $5/month I used to pay for my personal cell).
It’s been funny to me that everyone assumed when I got the phone I would suddenly develop bad habits like working all hours of the day and checking my phone. Instead I decided right out of the gate to put a leash on this beast. So while yes I’ll glace at the subject of an email that comes in, 90% of the time I don’t even read it. Why? Because most of the time it can damn well wait until the next morning. Also I turn off the phone when I got to bed…they don’t pay me to be woken up with an email or call in the middle of the night.
In addition, I have purposely putting up some separation between work and personal things. For example, I put my personal email on a separate app from my work email. That way I’m not getting confused looking at both. I also when through the iPhone 5S menus and disabled most of the notifications as I really don’t need to know that someone liked my status update from yesterday on Facebook. I also refuse to put any banking or financial apps on my phone as I’m not comfortable with the work IT department having any access to that material.
So overall the experience has been fairly positive and I should have cancelled my personal cell by the end of this month. What about your work phone? Do you use it for both personal and work or do you carry two phones? Any other ideas for leasing the beast?