Clear demarcations between work and
personal life have gone the way of the three-martini lunch. Using work
computers to shop online or make vacation reservations is as common as
BlackBerries buzzing at school recitals or a co-worker friending you on
Technology increasingly enables people to
live a 24/7 existence, eroding the line between home and office. Today,
professionals can even work while on vacation.
Rather than bemoan the change (a Luddite-like
finger in the dike) today's employee should embrace
for the positive attributes it brings to creating healthy
Managed appropriately, technology
enhances flexibility, productivity and business and personal brand value.
Social media is a case in point.
Consider that Twitter
and Facebook can
be set up for personal use, professional use or a hybrid
model. Experiment with what works for you and your company.
For many knowledge workers, a hybrid
professional/personal online presence is desirable. Social media is not only
fun, it is an extremely powerful marketing tool. Used effectively, you can
build a meaningful personal brand by engaging the social media channels that are right for
When you venture into social media be
sure to manage potential pitfalls by arming yourself with tools to protect your online reputation.
Equal care should be taken not to run afoul of your company's personal use
standards for technology. Avid texters should take note: the Supreme Court will soon decide if
police department violated an employee's privacy when it inspected personal
text messages he sent using a work-issued pager.
Familiarize yourself with what is
permissible at your job.
In the end, judgment matters. The best
way to avoid violating your company's technology use
or with revealing too much personal information to professional contacts is to
use good judgment.
The old adage applies: If you wouldn't
want to see it on the front page of the New York Times, do not say it, or do
it...or Tweet it!
by Candie Harris
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