Think Twice Before Doing Any These 4 Crazy Things On A Work Computer
The typical office worker spends and average of 45+ hours a week at work...or on work. And these days, with everything being networked and accessible, most of that time is spent working on the company computer.
Of course, many companies today like providing laptops and even tablets to their employees so they can take their work home with them.
After a while, employees start mixing their work and home life/interests together, even in the office.
And why not, most people think. You give most of your waking hours to work; you should be able to go online for a little information, recreation and fun when time allows.
Because there are a handful of activities you might do that can get in trouble, suspended or even let go.
Because while some companies don't care what you do online with your computer or on the company—as long as you get your work done—other companies may let you go if you violate even just one of their network policies, or if they don't like what you're up to online.
Remember, you may control your network at home, but somebody at the office is monitoring the company network on behalf of your employer...and it's very easy for an employer to see what you're up to.
Blame the IT guys? No. Blame yourself.
These are four big "No-No's that can get you tossed from your job.
How many of these are you guilty of?
1. Sneaking a peek at porn.
You're thinking to yourself, "no one would be dumb enough to watch porn at work!" Think again. You knew this would make the list, so let's just get it out of the way. Believe it or not, a high percentage of porn viewing occurs at work.
A handful of years ago a survey by the Neilson said that about 30% of people went to an "adult-oriented" site of some kind from a work computer. Porn is addicting, and someone in the habit of looking at it is going to try to sneak a peek at porn from the comfort of their cubicle sooner or later.
Don't. It can get you fired from a good job.
Oh, and remember, getting fired makes you ineligible for unemployment.
Let the horny beware.
2. Letting someone else log into your work network.
Thanks to work-based Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), employees can access their company's secure network remotely from home. But if you were to give your VPN access information to someone else (wife, girlfriend, roommate)—or let them use your computer while you're logged in—they could find their way to sensitive company information.
If you're employer got wind of that (or if your friend visited bad sites while using your computer), you could lose your job rather fast, no questions asked.
3. Keeping any confidential or personal stuff on your computer.
This habit won't get you in trouble at work. It might get you in trouble at home.
One day you go into work, do a little banking during lunch, write in your personal journal, work on a spreadsheet tracking your investments drinking your morning coffee. You keep all your files on your computer hard drive. You put a Post-it note on your desk reminding you to transfer your files to a flash drive. Some day.
The next day when you go in, the company lays you off, along with others.
That's not the only bad news. You're NOT allowed to retrieve any information from your computer, for security reasons.
Companies are supposed to have their IT staff delete all files from computers left behind. But that doesn't always happen.
So, who knows what will happen to your private and personal information. Certainly not you. You're history.
Your laptop could be left on your desk for days while IT is laying more people off, and some other employee could use it (or steal it) during the shuffle.
It happens all the time.
But there's something you might be doing that's even worse.
4. Pirating movies or software and getting caught.
Chances are you have a much faster Internet connection at work than you do at home. That makes it tempting to stream movies before or after work...as long as you got your work done, you say to yourself.
But sometimes employees go a step further and get tempted to download software or movies illegally, violating serious International laws using peer to peer (P2P) torrent or file sharing services.
"Big deal," you say, right? So you pirate a movie or two that make millions for rich studios. Who's going to care? And besides, you work in a big corporation with lots of lawyers.
Hold on their, buccaneer. Employers are not tolerant of risking major fines from the government because you want to pirate all the Fast and Furious movies.
Beyond that, if you download a file that contains a virus, it could quickly spread through the entire company network. That's how much of today's malware finds its way onto thousands of computers in a matter of hours.
Do you think your company would think twice before letting you go? Not likely.
Separation of work and home.
Most employers will give their staff some leeway when it comes to using social media programs while at work. In some cases, it might even be encouraged.
But NO company wants to risk being liable for lawsuits or risk having company secrets stolen. There's not gray area there.
That's why you need to think twice before you spend any part of your work week using the company resources irresponsibly.
At least be sure to know your company's policies before you click on any tempting links.