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Mobile Phone Etiquette In Kenyan Public Places

mobile phone etiquette in kenyan public places


Some people in Kenya use their mobile phones with decorum, but a few others are a disgrace to the cell phone technology in Kenya. Mobile phone etiquette in Kenya and more so in public areas is a matter that should be keenly addressed in Kenya. Considering that every one of legal age in Kenya owns a mobile phone these days, we would not like to be caught up in one massive noise competition in the streets of Nairobi.

For instance, my workmate Christy is always on call in the office in Nairobi. She is always discussing her heinous escapades over the just elapsed weekend. She will go on, and on about the Tequila-Rose shots that sent her straight to an alcoholic high in such loud volume you will think she is telling the story to somebody in Congo. Worse still is her ringtone that vibrates to those sensual club tunes in again, a disturbing volume. Christy will go as far as discussing her domestic issues in Nairobi, usually called “domez” with her boyfriend Mburu in the office. She has absolutely no cellular etiquette. But she is not alone, most Kenyans lack cellular etiquette in public places.

I particularly abhor the way she discusses personal matters in the serene office environment in Nairobi. She lacks the common courtesy to step out and answer her personal talks. She stays on the phone for over 30 minutes discussing nothing of progressive interest. Common sense dictates that Kenyans should step out for calls outside especially when you intend to stay on a call for long. If you decide to take a quick call in the office, keep your voice to reasonable levels. Don’t yell!

Again it is rather immature to have an “Ashawo” ringtone at volume 5 in an office set up in Kenya. That should be left to the teenagers in Kenya who have just acquired their first phones and are still excited about having a phone that is actually movable and has the title “My” when referring to it.

In as much as our mobile phones in Kenya are personal belongings, it is key that we save people’s contacts in a decent and respectable manner. It would be rather embarrassing if say, your phone rang, and you asked someone to pass it to you only to find their names flickering to the vibration, “Mercy –Snub”, “Angie- debtor” or “Paul –bad breath”. As much as these adapted wild nicknames and pseudonyms in Kenya help us to identify exactly who this person is, they are better left unsaved.

Finally, do not text or be engrossed in your mobile phone while in the company of other people in Kenya. I am sure no one would enjoy sitting in silence as there dining companion whisks time away over a texting or online chatting in Kenya. Being a captive to audience to a phone conversation between a second and third party is obviously no one’s idea of “having fun”. More people in Kenya could use this common mobile etiquette in Kenya.

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From the bustling streets of Nairobi, Jean-Wandimi emerged as a keen observer of urban landscapes and the evolving nature of workplaces. Born to a city planner and a human resources professional, she grew up immersed in dialogues about city infrastructures and the complexities of workplace dynamics.

Drawn to understanding the intricacies of the corporate world, Jean-Wandimi pursued a degree in Organizational Psychology at a top Kenyan university. Here, she studied the subtle interplay between human behavior, workspace design, and organizational culture, making her deeply aware of the multifaceted nature of office environments.

Upon completing her studies, Jean-Wandimi combined her academic prowess with her knack for storytelling to become a writer. She started penning articles that delved deep into the psychology of workplaces, touching on topics from team dynamics to the spatial design of modern offices. Her work soon garnered attention, with businesses seeking her insights to create more harmonious and productive work environments.

Jean-Wandimi's writings have been featured in prominent Kenyan business publications and international journals. Her insights have not only guided business leaders but have also informed architects and designers looking to create spaces that cater to the emotional and psychological needs of their inhabitants.

Outside of her written work, Jean-Wandimi is a consultant for major corporations, providing expertise on building positive office cultures and environments. She also hosts workshops and is a regular speaker at industry conferences, championing the importance of employee well-being and its connection to workspace design.

Today, Jean-Wandimi stands as a leading voice in the realm of office dynamics and design psychology. Her work continues to influence and inspire, ensuring that workplaces aren't just functional, but also nurturing spaces that foster growth and collaboration.

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