Survey Reveals Employees Not Concerned About Privacy on the Job; 91 Percent Accept and Welcome Computer Monitoring During Work Hours

VERO BEACH, FLA. – May 23, 2013 – SpectorSoft Corporation, the leader in employee monitoring solutions, today revealed results of its Non-Private Lives of American Employees survey, detailing how 91 percent of employees accept and in some cases even welcome having their computer activities and behaviors monitored by their employers during work hours. SpectorSoft conducted the survey in Q4 2012, polling 300 respondents who were 18 and over and employed full time. Respondents worked in a broad range of industries in organizations of all types and sizes.

“This survey reveals that businesses desiring to strengthen security, improve efficiency and stop bleeding millions in lost productivity need to find ways to control employees’ use of corporate computing resources during work hours,” said Nick Cavalancia, vice president at SpectorSoft. “The fact that employees’ attitudes are changing when it comes to privacy has provided organizations with an open window to start implementing monitoring programs that ensure employees aren’t taking advantage of acceptable computer-use policies or engaging in behaviors that put data and efficiency at risk.”

In addition to revealing changing attitudes among U.S. employees when it comes to privacy and the workplace, the survey also showed that employees’ non-work-related computer activities are costing businesses millions of dollars in lost productivity annually. Fifty-nine percent of respondents engage in personal activities on computers while at work, admitting that they spend an average of 2.75 hours per week doing so. This means that employees are spending 137.5 hours per year (assuming a 50-week work year) engaged in personal activities on company computers. These numbers reveal staggering conclusions:

  • 100-employee businesses have productivity losses of 13,750 hours annually, equivalent to paying seven full time employees to do nothing all year (Tweet This)
  • 1,000-employee businesses have productivity losses of 137,500 hours annually, equivalent to paying 69 employees to do nothing all year (Tweet This)
  • 5,000-employee businesses have productivity losses of 687,500 hours annually, equivalent to paying 344 employees to do nothing all year (Tweet This)

The graphics below illustrate hourly and financial losses based on company size.
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The above graph shows financial loss due to employees engaging in personal computer activities.

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The above graph shows hours wasted measured in number of full-time, unproductive employees.

These losses are shocking. A review of estimates out of the U.S. Census Bureau over the past several years shows that the approximate average wage of employees across nine educational levels (ranging from some high school to professional degree holders) could be as high as $28 per hour. When applying the 137.5 hours wasted per year per employee, companies with 10,000 employees stand to lose as much as $38,500,000 in productivity annually due to personal computer use during company time.

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The above graph shows the number of hours wasted annually by companies of different sizes.

In addition to the above charts, SpectorSoft has produced an infographic showing the key findings from the survey available at www.spectorsoft.com/nonprivatelives.pdf. Key findings include:

  • 75 percent of employees accept that employers may monitor their computer activities.
  • 16 percent of employees are “glad” their employers monitor their computer activities.
  • 9 percent of employees were “mad” about being monitored during working hours.
  • 49 percent of employees said their employers monitored their computer activities.
  • 69 percent of employers that have Internet Acceptable Use Policies (IAUP) monitor employees.
  • 15 percent of employers that do not have IAUPs monitor employees’ activities.

“The security vs. privacy argument has certainly heated up. Capitol Hill is in the thick of debating perceived anti-privacy clauses in the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, privacy rights advocates are calling for increased protections, and the mainstream media is clamoring to point a finger at big brother,” said Cavalancia. “Our survey of 300 workers makes it clear that when it comes to the workplace, employers are free to move forward with monitoring solutions that will reduce risks as well as increase productivity.”

For more information on SPECTOR 360 7.5 visit: www.spector360.com

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Why Kids Should Experience Summer Camps

Summer camps westchester ny are very popular among kids and teens as it has been a staple activity throughout the decades. Parents have also gotten used to the idea that every sunny season, there will be initiatives to hold this kind of activity. The event itself is a learning ground for participants who want to know more people and experience something new.

On the other hand, some initiatives abroad involve camps that lean towards the promotion of the universal language. Given that they are offered for the purpose of letting foreigners explore other cultures, it is a perfect opportunity for participants to learn the English language as well. Luckily, the market has seen a significant increase in the demand for this annual occurrence.

True enough, your children will also benefit from this initiative. It is a great opportunity for them to get out of their usual routine and meet new people. To convince you further, here are the benefits that would be useful for both parties.

Independence can be gained through experiences away from home. This is one of the benefits that could work to the advantage of you both, especially because parents also have to start accepting the fact that children will grown into adults. This transition is essential primarily because of adaptation and the ability to make the most out of the situation.

When they break out of their shell and learn the art of socializing, their confidence level increases. The strength and ability to carry on are all tied with the experiences that will be enjoyed by your kid through the days and prepared activities. This is perfect for those who need new people to meet so that they can teach themselves to reach out and be receiving as well.

Sometimes, participants need a push before they can truly engage in the activities. By the time that the transition phase is dealt with, there will be no excuse not to have fun. After all, the activities are truly enjoyable and would allow everyone to mingle and admire each other.

Even while competition in the camp does exist because of the team groupings, this is not a hindrance to forging beautiful friendships even with the duration of the stay. The bonding sessions are truly remarkable because of the setup alone. Sooner or later, each of these individuals will be curious about each other, and this could lead into a series of getting to know you.

When kids are too cooped up in their circle, they might have the tendency to limit their view of the world. Thankfully, gatherings like this are designed to broaden the horizon of the participating members. This calls for the introduction and appreciation of different languages, cultures and beliefs even at a young age.

The experiences cannot be topped as they have their own rustic charm. Summer camps westchester ny is one of the gifts that you can hand over to your children while they are young and able. Even with protests at first, eventually, they will open up to the idea and be receptive to momentary upheaval for their personal growth.

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Changing Dynamics Of Education For The 21st Century

Changing social and employment dynamics require a paradigm shift in the way institutions and governments approach education for the 21st Century. This will help them understands the need to update the skills or provide them in a way that is market friendly. There has been a total shift in the market meaning that provision must also change. The skills of the future will be different or will require a different application.

Research indicates that competencies required in the next few years are not what was needed years ago. Entry into the market requires redirection and a different approach in preparation. There is consensus on several facts.

One major issue running across the debate is that more education remains central to better achievement. It provides unwavering security of opportunities that will help the person support his or her family. It is one of the sure ways of achieving a middle class lifestyle for most people.

There is an apparent return to where learning began with emphasis on language arts, mathematics and basic sciences. Those pursuing and mastering these courses are ranked higher than their peers. This means that they are more acceptable in the job market than those specializing in emerging professions.

Formal education is no longer enough for one to achieve set goals in life. Other skills required are a solution oriented individual, a critical thinker, a collaborator and effective communicator, innovation that creates new paths and products and a flexible individual who can easily adapt. Dynamic personalities are able to survive in the demanding future job descriptions.

The extra skills required for survival cannot be taught or exist on their own. Students who engage with deep content have a higher possibility of developing better survival skills like critical thinking. The suggestion is that, the competencies cannot be isolated from the curriculum.

The job market is taking this shape as a result of certain influences. Rapid automation of processes through computerization has reduced human workforce in many sectors. This has seen a reduction in the need for instruction based employees like accountants and office administrators. Strategic managers, communication experts, writers, readers and mathematicians are on higher demand.

Globalization is leading to skill transfer since a person can work in any part of the world. The skills required are therefore broader and competition has increased. Reduced bureaucracy through restructured companies has reduced the workforce needed in a particular place. One person is required to do what several people used to do. Such flexibility and extended ability will be in higher demand in future.

An increasing older global population is required is presenting a potential danger. It means that people must be prepared to do that which they did not engage in traditionally. Diverse skills are called to fore. There is a need for individuals to take personal responsibility at work. This is affecting job security, working years and work related social benefits like health. One is supposed to handle that a personal level.

Several factors are defining education for the 21st century. The imminent return to basic subjects like language, maths and communication because of the skills they nurture, need for emphasis in knowledge application with focus on solutions and the need to be flexible and dynamic at the work place. This is the graduate the future needs.

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