Be there. Be in the moment of your life. Don’t let the little screen get in the way.

be there utah staffingHow many of you have gone out to eat with friends or family and at some point realized that every single person was on their phone

Between Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and so many other apps, do we ever have time to just hang out with people like we used to?

I know this is a big issue now days with all the social media, especially with the younger generation, but I wanted to address this issue in the workplace with adults. Not that it is necessarily an issue here at YES, but something that I feel we can all work on.

We are all adults and most of us do have work to go to. Yes, work can be awful for some people while others really enjoy it. Even if you do have a hard job that you don’t like so much, there are still good things that happen in your day right? I have found that I will sometimes miss a funny moment or miss becoming part of an “inside joke” when my coworkers are talking, all because I just had to check Instagram. When I do this, I am cutting myself off from my coworkers and doing so will eventually put a strain on the relationships at work.

That is no good!

Sometimes I will be interviewing a candidate and their eyes literally never come off their phone. When I ask them to please put their phone away during the interview they either get shy and embarrassed or almost act offended.

When did it become okay to be on your phone when you’re in the middle of a conversation with someone let alone an interview??

This kind of behavior has to stop! We have to learn to be IN the moment again! Not only will it make our lives more fun, but also it is also respectful to give someone your full attention. Surely that’s not too much to ask for right?

be present in the workplaceMy advice is to just be there. Be in the moment of your life. Don’t let the little screen get in the way of the big important REAL things of life. Of course it’s fine and fun to check out social media every once in a while but don’t let it take away from your time at work! If it’s “slow,” start up a good conversation with your neighbor, tell a story, give suggestions, do something, just BE THERE. Don’t sit there in silence staring at your phone screen wishing you were somewhere else!

Life is hard, but there is some good in everyday and it’s up to us to recognize it.

Mae-Lynn Kariya
Account Manager | West Valley City, Utah Office
Your Employment Solutions

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Mae-Lynn Kariya

Mae-Lynn is an account manager at the Your Employment Solutions North Salt Lake, Utah office. She helps Utah jobseekers find employment in the Salt Lake City area.

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