Curse Those Stinkin’ Laptops
I will be the first to admit that I love my laptop. At home or at work, I don’t think I could go back to a desktop as my normal computer. The portability and ease of use is great. In fact, I am typing this blog post on my work laptop now…shhhhhhh, don’t tell anyone.
As a user, I love my laptop. As a facilitator, I hate the invention of the laptop. They creep into kaizen events time after time and cause numerous distractions. One suggestion that comes up to help with this situation is to make it a rule that no laptops are allowed or they are to be closed during work time but during breaks they can be opened to check on things. I agree. This a rule that I discuss at the start of every kaizen event. It is a start but the laptops creep out day after day.
I started making sure there were breakout groups (see post here) scheduled to help keep people involved in the discussions and the laptops shut. That works sometimes but the laptops keep coming like a bad dream.
I have reminded individuals during breaks about the rule of keeping laptops shut. It works for awhile. Then the laptops creep back out. I have tried everything I can think of except putting a laptop drop off by the door so they aren’t anywhere near people.
Am I the only one having this trouble? Is it a problem that I should really care about?
I know in today’s world, connectivity is king. If it isn’t the laptop, it is the smartphone. I understand that everyone is busy also. I am not old and can remember the days of not having any laptops or smartphones. Kaizen events and meetings meant we were disconnected for that time. How do we capture that same feeling and spirit again?