Personal Use of Company Tech Disrupts Work

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 12-11-2014 Email

A clear majority of professionals working on company-provided computers also use the machines for personal pursuits, according to a recent survey from GFI Software. It's not as if internal users are unaware of policies governing such behavior. It's just that many choose to ignore some of the rules so they can access social media, shop online or even work a second job while in the office. The consequences amount to more than simply an inappropriate use of company time: A number of employees admit that they've caused network downtime by visiting a questionable site. CIOs must come up with clear policies and guidelines on the personal use of company computers, and implement technology solutions that limit access to questionable Websites. Otherwise, they risk productivity disruptions and data loss. "There are clear arguments in favor of letting staff use company computers for a degree of personal activity," says Sergio Galindo, general manager of GFI Software. "It's good for morale and productivity, and it's just common sense. However, people still need to remember that, at the end of the day, it is not their device, and neither is the company data on it. … You would not go racing around a track in a company car, even though they let you take it home for an evening and pay for the gas. The same principle applies to a company computer." A total of 1,010 U.S. employees who use company-provided computers took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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