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Are you comfortable having personal conversations over the office phone?

If not, why?

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No, for several seasons:

1. It is unprofessional and inappropriate use of work time and equipment
2. The call could be monitored
3.Everyone around would be able to hear you
I have, only because it was necessary at the time, but I kept it very short.
That would depend on the situation. I wouldn't sit around chatting to girlfriends n the work phone but if my kids needed me I would definitely take their call. In general, though, I've always tried not to make or take personal calls at work.
I have had brief personal calls on the work phone. The importance is to keep it brief and ensure that it is still appropriate. ie: no phone sex!
by Vee
I have but usually during lunch. A relative once called with some devastating news while I was at work. I broke down right at my desk. I cant say he should have waited but he probably could have given me an tip before he spilled it.
I have and regretted doing it because I do not know if someone was listening in.
by Gia
In my last two employments, 'phones for staff to use were quite a way from the work area. These 'phones could NOT be monitored.

But with mobiles, most people use them anyway, but not permitted at work stations.
I wouldn't have been, had the occasion arisen. I would have rung the person from home that evening. (That would have been between '64-'73!)
by Miro
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