In a survey of pet peeves at the office, 30 percent of working adults claimed to be annoyed by ringing cell phones. According to an online survey of 2,318 employed adults only one other annoyance – loud talkers – scored higher at 32 percent. Part of the problem, according to this article, is that cell phones have become such a pervasive part of our lives that many don’t treat cell phone calls in the same formal way they do calls on office phones. People tend not to limit their personal cell phone calls and they are more likely to discuss personal, medical and romantic issues on their cell phones in front of co-workers.
Because of the potential for conflict many firms establish cell phone policies.
Source: L.M. Sixel, Houston Chronicle; Jan 25, 2007