I know, I know: your ringtone says something unique about your personality and you picked the least-annoying ringtone out there, yada, yada, yada. But do you know that there's a Top Ringtones List for employees? Oh, yes, it exists, and it's a song list that even Newt Gingrich might love.
I dunno, this is the ONE TIME I looked at Newt Gingrich and thought, "Hella, yeah! That's awesome!" An ABBA ringtone is waaaay cooler than shutting down Congress in the mid-1990s, dude.
So what are the most popular employee ringtones? According to San Francisco's Visage Mobile, which has compiled it all in a report, the top employee ringtone downloads are Sexy And I Know It by LMFAO; Rolling In the Deep by Adele; Cheers (Drink To That) by Rihanna; and Young, Wild And Free by Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa.
But our trendy and vaguely confusing BYOD (Bring Your Own Devices) culture doesn't stop there, employers. Visage Mobile tells us that employees are also downloading a variety of dating and astrology apps! In fact, Visage estimates 10% of employee phones boast adult-themed apps such as SexyCougar and Mobile Love. And when employees are done trying to lock down a date for Friday night, they can pop over to Horoscope Genie to see if an Aries is compatible with Pisces. Don't worry, managers: your sales rep will lock down that big client, too. Oh yes, she will. Right after she finishes reading her daily horoscope.
So what can be done about it? Companies that limit ringtones to a very specific playlist might look a bit fuddy-duddy and uptight, but managers who sweat at the thought of an employee's phone ringing to the beat of, say, N.W.A. while he's with a very important customer might have good reason to feel a bit fuddy-duddy and uptight. But it's the price of progress, especially if you want to hire young employees. Oh, wait, no one wants to hire them. Nevermind.