That doyenne of Canadian Comms, Donna Papacosta, points to a conversation she had recently with a Type-A personality who pointed out he definitely keeps his mobile on 24/7 so that clients can do business with him.
Donna quite rightly asks if he answers the phone whilst driving with a mouth full of tuna salad.
I would ask if he takes calls on his mobile while attending to calls of nature.
I knew a chappy who did this — a
salesman consultant for a recruitment company who had two mobile phones (one his, one supplied by the company) and he kept them on no matter what.
I once had the amused delight to be ‘adjusting my tie in the mirror’ when I heard a cubicle start talking to me. ‘Twas he taking an incoming call. Then my smile widened as a call came in on his other mobile — which of course he answered.
I wonder if both of his callers figured out why it sounded like he was in a cathedral. Praying for some peace and quiet, I guess…
I certainly keep my mobile on 24/7, but that’s in case my kids call me, and the mobile also acts as my alarm clock. So far no client (no matter where they are in the world) has called me at either 2am or at indelicate moments.