Recently I was in a meeting where everyone except me was carrying a laptop. I noticed that most members (or listeners/audience) were not even listening to the speaker and just busy in their personal or business interest (whatever it was in their laptops).
The person sitting next to me was constantly typing something (looked like he was responding to some emails) and it happened on several occasions that the people with laptops had to be asked the same questions (that were put to them) at least twice because they were actually busy somewhere else.
In my personal and very humble opinion I feel disrespected when I am addressing a particular set of people who are there for meeting but busy with their laptops. Also, when I am in a meeting and my neighboring colleague or member of the meeting is continuously typing something on the keyboard, I feel that he/she is presenting an unwanted distraction to me.
But why people bring laptops to the training room or meeting rooms?
Some people pretend to be extremely busy but we all know that no one in the industry is as busy as he pretends to be. For some (in fact many), it's just a matter of show off. Most people who think they are busy; are actually because of their poor time management.
Sometimes the organizations’ policies are also like they won’t allow the employee to manage his/her time efficiently.
But if someone is really so busy that he can’t attend the meeting without working on laptop, then he/she should ask the employer for extra manpower or simply should not attend the meeting/training. If the employer refuses then further job opportunities should be explored.
Unless the laptop is actually required, it should not be allowed in the training or meeting rooms and if required, the use should be limited to the subject of the training/meeting. Marking attendance should not be the only purpose of meeting or training programs.
This is my opinion. Please feel free to share your opinions in the comments box below.
लाभस्तेषां जयस्तेषां कुतस्तेषां पराजयः I येषामिन्दीवरश्यामो हृदयस्थो जनार्दनः II