Monday, August 1, 2011
Do You Text or Visit Facebook at Work?
Last week while at the pool a local nanny was texting while her three-year old charge was swimming in the baby pool. The boy then ran to the bathroom, then to the snack bar, without the nanny realizing he had left the pool area. I witnessed an enraged lifeguard bring the child back to his nanny (still texting) and the pool manager not only asked the nanny and child to leave the pool, he called the parents to let them know the nanny wasn't properly attending to their son.
Later in the day I spoke with the nanny. She said she was texting on Facebook and is not allowed to use her cell phone when working, except for emergencies.
I have joined Facebook groups for nannies too. It is an easy way to communicate and gain support from a large number of nannies that I might not otherwise know.
My biggest concern though is the number of nannies who comment continuously during the work day. Facebook comments can now appear on mobile phones making it easy to quickly comment back. But, some nannies don't even go one hour without commenting during the work day! In fact, I think some seem to comment all day long, even while working.
The example above of the nanny and child at the pool proves how easy it is to access Facebook and to text, but neglect our charges, without realizing it.
Get real! Technology is best when invisible, but you are best when visible. Don't let social media distract you from your job or your true friends!
Can You Put Your Phone Down and Not Text or Visit Facebook for One Full Work Day?