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A quick glance around any workplace confirms that technology is essential to business. Computer systems can run assembly lines with a few operators to monitor and troubleshoot if the system goes offline. Every desk has a computer, equipped with the latest software for data management, communications, and job task completion. All this technology comes with a price. While using technology is critical to compete in today's marketplace, there are disadvantages to consider in choosing the type and scope of use. Sponsored Link

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Office Distractions
In the next cubicle, John is conducting a job interview via Skype. Sue is walking through the office talking on her cell phone, and Carlos is into the second hour of his interactive webinar. Add these distractions to the normal noise of ringing phones, constant emails, and a noisy fax machine, and it's no wonder that it's sometimes hard to get work done. Technology demands attention. The time saving advantages are often outweighed by the constant distractions. Loss of Interpersonal Communication Skills

Cell phones, email, texting and social media have largely replaced face-to-face communications. One short meeting or conversation can eliminate multiple text messages, phone calls or emails. The ability to choose the people you interact with, as on Facebook or Twitter, isn't an option in the workplace, whether dealing with fellow workers or with clients. Interpersonal communications, critical to building business...