Question of the Week

Do you bring your smartphone or laptop to meetings?

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The temptation can be great to bring a smartphone or laptop to a meeting—whether it’s to try to multitask, assuage the fear that you’ll miss an important call, or just combat boredom.

But some companies have banned laptops and phones from meetings, CNN Business reports. Participants with devices may not be paying full attention. They prolong meetings by asking for questions to be repeated or bringing up already discussed topics.

“If we can make what used to be an hourlong meeting take 30 minutes, that means employees are able to do something else, and it’s making us more productive,” said Mat Ishbia, president and CEO of United Shore, a mortgage company that has banned laptops and phones from meetings.

Rafat Ali, CEO of business media company Skift, says having no technology at its internal meetings has increased participation. “If you don’t have rules about laptops, people hide behind them,” Ali says.

This week, we’d like to ask you: Do you bring your smartphone or laptop to meetings? Why or why not? Answer in the comments.

Read the answers to last week’s question: What was the most memorable CLE you’ve taken?

Featured answer:

Posted by Esq: “A New York attorney named Jonny King does a CLE about copyright in jazz music, during which he performs with a complete jazz band to illustrate his points.”

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