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Finally, let’s highlight two things, no matter how tempting, you should never do:
1. Never use your employer’s materials (pens, paper, computer, printer, etc.)
2. Never use your employer’s time
True Story: I use to work for a consulting firm. It wasn’t uncommon for a consultant to spend a couple of weeks in between projects with no work to do. The consultant would still be paid by company and was viewed like being on call. I know of one individual who spent his “in between” period working on a software program using his company laptop. The last I heard, company was suing young man for intellectual property rights to software. The company contends that software was created while they were paying individual and he used their equipment.
Don’t let a situation like this happen to you. Be smart about what resources you use.
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