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You’re fired!

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday June 7, 2008 )

A survey of US businesses found that more than one in five fired an employee for email breaches in the past year.

23% of respondents to the survey said their company had been harmed by the release of sensitive or embarrassing information in the past year and nearly 50% had rapped the knuckles of employees for email abuse in the last 12 months. A further 11% had also reprimanded employees for improper use of blogs/message boards in the past year.

The ProofPoint survey was taken by just over 300 respondents at U.S. companies with more than 1000 employees.

I’m not sure what it’s like in the USA, but the geeks in the dark IT basement of most companies over here in Australia really love to trawl through computers that have been brought to them for repairs and upgrades. It’s somewhat of a sport to them, trying to find out what you did online in company time last summer :)

I’m making special mention of this as I know a lot of people who work a day job while trying to build their online business tend to work their projects on the boss’s dime from time to time – so it’s probably wise to minimize this activity if your day job is what’s putting bread on the table as you may get caught. It’s much safer to get up an hour earlier or stay up an hour later if you can each day if you’re needing some extra time to work on your buz.

On the flip side, if you’re an employer, do you know how your systems are being used or abused? Everyone needs a few minutes distraction from the daily grind – humans don’t make good robots; but it’s quite possible your company’s secrets could be also be heading out the door via virtual means or that your company is unwittingly providing venture capital to a startup you don’t even know about. At the least, consider implementing a formalized Internet access policy and ensure your staff know it’s there and what it means.

Read more of the Proofpoint survey


Email etiquette in online business


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