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Avoid these tech pitfalls at work

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Technology has made some tasks easier and people more reachable, but it’s also created new hazards to avoid. Executive coach Lindsay Broder lists a few things to watch out for with technology and your career.

•  Don’t be a lazy communicator. Texting and emailing are convenient, but they don’t have the impact that a live conversation does. Every now and then, pick up the phone or speak to colleagues face to face.

•  Don’t become a workaholic. It’s OK to block out times to check and respond to emails and messages and then turn your phone off in between.

•  Use social media wisely. Your current employer and potential future employers can see what you’re doing, even if your settings are private. Keep it professional and don’t post anything unbecoming.

•  Put time limits on each task. Its easy to get engrossed on the Internet and social media. Before you know it you have wasted hours each day.

— Adapted from “How Technology Demands a Different Approach to Your Job,” Lindsay Broder, Entrepreneur.

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