Who May Be Spying on You ... and Why?
The Time Wasters
According to a 2005 survey by AOL and compensation specialist Salary.com, the average American worker spends 2.09 hours per day surfing the Internet, conducting personal business on the phone, job hunting or chit-chatting in the in copier room or smoking on fire escape. This doesn’t include lunch. Missouri takes the prize as the highest goof-off state with workers blowing an average of 3.2 hours per day. Estimated total annual cost to U.S. business: $759 billion.
At the same time, in this past Sunday’s Chicago Tribune, in a story titled, “This time, it’s personal: The tricky business of private cell phone calls at work,” Patrick Kampert wrote that:
Studies show that Americans are spending more time on the job than ever. If you add in the electronic monitoring equipment of cell phones and BlackBerrys, which let employers reach out and touch workers long after 5 p.m., it’s only natural that employees need to transact some personal business during the time they are tethered to their desks.
I thank my lucky stars that I don’t run a company—or have people working for me—so I don’t have to deal with this knotty and unpleasant problem.
I’m not a lawyer or a HR expert, but following is my thinking.