Like any independent consultant, a legal interim manager must manage business matters that are not connected with the mission he or she is conducting, particularly when the professional happens to be a lawyer managing his or her office.
As a result, it’s not uncommon for lawyers to receive large numbers of messages while their assignments are in progress. This is normal. But just ask any legal expert in the company who has worked with a legal interim manager on a landscape what he thinks and you’ll understand quickly that using your smartphone should be avoided at any cost while spending time with the client.
In practice, it is necessary to spend eight hours per day working exclusively on the files of the client. Even if you spend a total of eight de facto hours per day doing so, staying later in the evening or working through lunch, for instance, the use of a smart phone on its own, even to check emails, will be viewed very negatively by your colleagues. It gives them the undesirable impression that you aren’t concentrating on the task at hand.
In many cases, no remarks will be made about this, but the annoyance will steadily build until it will be impossible for you to undo the negative image this creates, even if you carry out your work perfectly and within the required timeline.
As a result, I suggest that you set aside checking your emails for lunch breaks. That way you will have extra time to respond to urgent emails or to call people you need to contact.