HR Strange But True!
June 09, 2009

We've heard of employees who love their work, but taking their work to bed? That's what one-quarter of Brits are doing, according to a survey by CREDANT Technologies—and their significant others are none too happy.

The work-obsessed respondents reported typing on laptops and checking messages remotely from bed with the help of wireless networks.

Over half of those surveyed (57 percent) say they work from bed from 2 to 6 hours per week, and 8 percent say they spend more time working in bed than interacting with their partners, who voted the practice “a very annoying habit.” And 96 percent of the respondents said the “last thing they do before going to sleep” was check their email. So much for a good-night kiss.

Unfortunately, says Michael Callahan, vice president at CREDANT, an endpoint data protection company based in London, many of these mobile devices are not secure and data not encrypted, and hiding under the covers with them won't make them so, especially under new data protection laws in the United Kingdom.

With 56 percent of respondents saying they download and upload company information between the sheets, the practice “can have pretty detrimental and far-reaching consequences for both the worker and employers, according to a CREDANT press release, especially since “snooping neighbours and malicious infiltrators can hack into the devices.”

Callahan suggests that employees consult with their company's IT department about security measures before going beddy-bye with their spreadsheets and never leave the mobile devices where anyone else can access them.

Source: CREDANT Press Release

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