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Motivational speaker Denise Ryan asks you to be honest with yourself about whether you use e-mail to procrastinate. You have important work to do, but instead bury yourself in e-mail, connecting with people who actually have little value to offer to your career. FirestarSpeaking.com

Two good questions for job interviews

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Jody Greenstone Miller, CEO of the Business Talent Group, loves to ask job candidates: "Tell me the things that you don't like about your last job." Recruiter Lou Adler's favourite query is: "What single project or task would you consider your most significant accomplishment in your career to date?" New York Times/Inc.com

Make the most of your magnifying glass

An image of a magnifying glass is often used to indicate the search facility on websites, but research shows that it's less effective if users have to click on it to get a blank space to enter their query. And they understand the icon's purpose without the word "search."Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox

Flexible work terms key to keeping staff

A survey of 20,000 business people from 95 countries found that 59 per cent would have stayed in a previous job longer if flexible working arrangements were offered. Also of note: 79 per cent would pick a job offering flexibility over a similar one without. Regus.com

An app to temper your inner workaholic

Tech writer Josh Ong reports that the Kiwi Calendar Web app, designed for workaholics, attaches to your desktop computer's calendar; when it thinks you're working too hard, it recommends alternative activities. A mobile app is slated to come soon. TheNextWeb.com

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Harvey Schachter is a Battersea, Ont.-based writer specializing in management issues. He writes Monday Morning Manager and management book reviews for the print edition of Report on Business and an online work-life column Balance. E-mail Harvey Schachter

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