January 29, 2009

Office workers admit to porn at work

A survey of British office workers found 33 percent of respondents admitted to viewing pornography on their work computers.

However, the survey of 400 office workers, carried out by e-mail security provider Proofpoint, found only 7 percent of those polled said they had been caught viewing inappropriate materials at work, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday.

A quarter of those polled said they had mistakenly sent an amorous e-mail to a co-worker that was meant for a significant other and 54 percent said they had accidentally used the reply all function on a company wide e-mail, mistakenly spreading an inappropriate message.

A real crossover in the digital realm between personal and professional lives means staff are increasingly relaxed in their use of workplace e-mail and Internet, said David Stanley, Proofpoint's managing director for Britain. Working longer hours and therefore using these technologies more to stay in touch with friends and family can only heighten the risk.

The survey also suggested 56 percent of office workers have returned to work drunk after visiting a bar during lunchtime and 59 percent have become sick at work due to a hangover.