A recent survey of 250 senior managers in the U.S. and Canada by Robert Half, an international finance and accounting firm, found checking email during meetings got a VERY mixed response from these executives.
*38% It’s NEVER OK. Email devices should be turned off at the meeting
*35% It’s OK to read and respond to messages during the meeting BUT only if the message is urgent
*20% It’s OK to check messages as long as attendees excuse themselves and step outside of the meeting to respond
*6% It’s perfectly acceptable to read and respond to email, especially at a time when what is being said doesn’t pertain to them
1% Don’t know