In the workplace

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by username:, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. username: macrumors 6502a

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    Does anyone work somewhere where mobile phones are frowned upon and find the Apple Watch helps to forget about your phone? Then the boss won't see you on your phone but you still know if someone messages you?
     
  2. braz989 macrumors newbie

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    I am a Police Officer, so it never looks good for me to be on my phone out on the road. It is very convenient to just glance at my wrist. I am just worried that I am going to break it doing my job, which is fine... that's why I have AppleCare+!
     
  3. username: thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Haha yes I have never seen a police officer on their phone I guess it wouldn't be a good look. By the way, respect to you, you have a tough job, it used to be police officers were honoured in the community now all we hear is disrespect. Thanks.
     
  4. Jimbo Asprilla macrumors regular

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    I'm in this situation, I work for a director who is of the older generation and tends to frown upon excessive phone use, I thought the watch would be the perfect solution and for the most part it is, but now my frequent looking at my watch just makes me look inpatient and just as rude.
     
  5. bangers macrumors member

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    I took a trip a few months back and saw quite a few TSA agents with them. I had not paid attention before, but I have never seen them pull a phone out, so either they are not allowed to have them while working or they keep them out of sight of the public. It seemed to work well.
     
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    Alpharaider macrumors newbie

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    I work as a armed operator in the MJ industry and pulling out your phone is highly frowned apon since it's a security issue keeping your head down and starring at your phone. Plus dispensarys/grows don't want photos or video either so having my iphone6+ in my cargo pocket is expected and advised.

    I can quickly glance and see if it's a company email/txt or if it's my buddy asking if I'm going to the bbq later.

    This accessory allows me to preform my job responsibly with out sacrificing communication needs.
     
  7. parseckadet macrumors 6502a

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    Just like people should do with phones, you have to learn when to ignore your watch too. There will always be times when it's never ok to be distracted.
     
  8. modernaccord macrumors 6502a

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    I know my girlfriend definitely takes advantage of this at her workplace (Hint: large online retailer who's video division signed Top Gear recently).

    I use it at my place of work too, but people care less here, so I just use my phone (while I'm at my desk).
     
  9. ericg301 macrumors 6502a

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    I would think any workplace that frowns upon personal phone use would have the same concern over an AW.
     
  10. sean000 macrumors 6502a

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    Where the watch helps is that I do get notifications without my iPhone announcing it to the entire room (sometimes I forget to silence my phone, and in my experience so do many others). The watch allows me to keep my iPhone and iPad silent all the time, so now I never have to worry about remembering to silence things as I head into a meeting. On the other hand I can more discretely interact with a notification from my iPad since I use it for taking notes in a meeting.

    Where I work it is generally acceptable to use a laptop, tablet or even smartphone to take notes or research topics in a meeting. Meetings that have staff from our department only tend to be more casual, and some people spend much of the meeting interacting with a laptop, iPad or smartphone to a degree that you know they aren't just taking notes. Of course some of us do actually take notes on our devices...I use OneNote on my iPad in meetings. At interdepartmental meetings it seems to depend on how high up the chair and attendees are. The higher up, the fewer devices you see. On the one hand, it is widely accepted that people take notes on devices while in meetings. On the other hand you are still at risk of appearing rude and disengaged. A few directors are known to have strong opinions. One director has made it known that he hates hearing the sound of keyboard tapping during a meeting or presentation, so if you want to use a device you best bring a tablet or smartphone that you can type silently on.

    I will say that the Apple Watch is even handier at work for me than it is at home. We use Skype for Business (Lync 2013 app) for instant messaging, and Office 365. Being able to check my email using the Outlook app on the watch, and knowing when someone sends me an instant message, adds up to a lot of convenience. In my position I need to be reachable by my staff when I am in a meeting, and the Watch helps me stay in touch a bit more discretely.

    Sean
     
  11. benchmarkman macrumors newbie

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    I can't have any personal electronic devices where I work.
     
  12. AmazingGraceTx macrumors regular

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    I'm a preschool teacher at two churches. One church, I'm allowed and encouraged to use my phone for music and to take pics. I connect the phone to my ihome and use the watch from across the room for praise and worship and music and movement. I set timers and alarms for transitions with my preschoolers' activities.
    Church #2, phones are strictly forbidden. I have it locked in a cabinet. My watch helps me receive texts and notifications without anyone being the wiser. I also use my watch here for alarms and timers with transitions. I love my watch. I believe it helps me do my job more efficiently and keeps me on task.
     
  13. username: thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It seems like the discrete notifications would really come in handy
     
  14. braz989 macrumors newbie

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    Thank you very much for the kind words, greatly appreciated!
     
  15. steveh552 macrumors regular

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    I work in a casino. Obviously strong video surveillance along with supervisors at every corner. Cannot take phones out while on the main floor or risk being fired. I just bought mine yesterday but I have had the Pebble. My only reason to be concerned about what messages I get is I am a single parent and my son is home alone while I work, if he gets ahold of me I could possibly know what is up and if I need to get out without having to wait for my break to check. Emergencies happen.
     
  16. 3rdiguy macrumors 6502a

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    I'm a Security Officer at a major tech company and really appreciate being able to silence my iPhone and AW. I get the discreet texts and can fire off a response off very quickly. Even when I'm on public transit I can get my texts discreetly. Sometimes I'm on post and my supervisor may send me a text asking if I can pick up another shift and I like being able to receive and respond on the spot. I just recently started silencing both devices and find the taptic alerts more than adequate
     
  17. sean000 macrumors 6502a

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    That's what I have done from the start: Silent mode with only taptic alerts. It has been great. On the one hand I agree that it has allowed me to be more responsive when it comes to things like text messages. On the other hand it reinforces the modern expectation that i am always reachable and should be able to respond quickly. I can no longer use the excuse that I missed a notification because my iPhone was on silent, or in my jacket/bag/desk drawer :rolleyes:

    Sometimes that is a problem when I am in a one-on-one meeting, driving, or trying to concentrate on something and I don't check my notification until 15 or 30 minutes later. Rare, but it does happen. My wife stays home with the kids, so I do try to stop what i'm doing, or apologize to the person I am talking to, because I do need to be reachable if there is an emergency. That's where the watch provides some peace of mind. If something emergent does come up (rather it is my wife or my staff trying to contact me) it's a good thing to be that much more connected to the text messages.

    Sean
     
  18. username: thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It seems a small thing, but also kind of really a big thing. This taptic notification. I would love to keep my phone on silent tucked away, and still be able to get notifications. But for me, I cant afford it yet. I wish.
     
  19. BarracksSi macrumors 68040

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    Would this be an argument against smartwatches equipped with cameras?
     

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