Don't Be Rude, Be Shrewd
However, close to one-third of this group (31%) disapprove of the practice. Thirty-seven percent of respondents feel its OK to respond to e-mail as long as the message is urgent; 23% of those polled said professionals should excuse themselves from the meeting before responding to e-mail.
The survey was developed by Robert Half Management Resources, a provider of senior-level accounting and finance professionals on a project and interim basis. The national poll includes responses from 150 senior executives including those from human resources, finance and marketing departments with the nations 1,000 largest companies.
The least disruptive option is to avoid using handheld e-mail devices during meetings, but that may not always be possible for executives who must be accessible, said Paul McDonald, executive director of Robert Half Management Resources, in a statement. Professionals who may have to check e-mail during gatherings should alert their hosts and be as unobtrusive as possible.
Robert Half offers these additional tips for using mobile devices during meetings: