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IT system abuse admitted by third of employees

BY Ian Watson
Employment Law & HR
BG Purple

The July 2011 edition of HR Network Scotland magazine reports the results of research which suggests that a third of employees surveyed admitted to using company email inappropriately.

Of those who admitted the abuse of their employer’s  IT system, 41% said that they sent ‘funny images’ to colleagues, a further 48% confessed to ‘gossiping’, 17% to planning social arrangements outside work and 11% to ‘flirting’ on email.  One even confessed to having sent nude images of themselves to a colleague.

Apparently seeing the company email system as an extension of personal social media, these employees obviously run the risk of disciplinary action for abuse of their IT Usage policy (if one exists).  Their employers are at risk of harassment claims from unamused recipients of these emails and of their staff wasting time at work on non-business emails. 

Our Focus On training series begins again in September 2011 with a look at Social Networking – another aspect of computer-based use and abuse.  See our Training and Events page for details of these workshops in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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