Your Boss is Likely Spying on You

Monday, January 24, 2011 1 Comment

Only in America do we complain that our bosses are watching us. What everyone needs to understand, is the other side of the coin… Companies are hurting; the economy is down, unemployment is up; public image is everything. Your boss has every right and reason to make sure he/she is getting the most out of his/her employees. In addition, they have every right and reason to want to have the best employees working for them that have a good public image -- when you go online and have an online presence, you become a quasi-public figure.

Everyone needs to start being more cautious about how they flap their gums on social media. What you say there is just like saying it out loud in a public square… not everyone needs to know everything you are thinking all the time. And every time you say something, everyone has the right to make their judgment on your words and actions… that includes your boss.

While I do admit that the example used in the story below may be considered overboard… it is the employer's right to do what they feel is best for their business… That's where The Office Software comes in...

January 19, 2011
Your Boss is Likely Spying on You; Civil rights attorney sees uptick in terminations from social media
By Alex Perez, NBC Chicago

For many, it's become second nature to head straight to Facebook or Twitter to complain or gloat about daily life or current events. But with more employers using software to keep tabs on employees, your harmless rant or online search could cost you your job.

"I don't post anything stupid. I'm always aware," said Chicagoan Glen Busch.

He never thought any of his random thoughts on the Internet would cause him any trouble. But that's exactly what he got when he took to Facebook and commented on the shooting in Tucson: Read more ›

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Work E-Mail Not Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege

Thursday, January 20, 2011 No Comments

We have been following this story for a while, on both our blogs (this one and Pandora’s Blog). To recap, an employee was fired from her company after it was discovered she was talking to a lawyer about her employer. The problem is, she used her work email to do so.

This is just another reason employers should be monitoring employees at work for corporate security...

January 18, 2011
Work E-Mail Not Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege, Court Says
By David Kravets,

E-mails between a client and attorney are no longer considered privileged and confidential if the client writes the messages from a work e-mail account, a California court of appeals has ruled.

The 3-0 decision Thursday by the Sacramento Third Appellate District means that if you intend to sue your employer, don’t discuss the suit with an attorney using company e-mail. The company has a right to access it and use it against you in a court. Read more ›


Monday, November 29, 2010 No Comments


A relatively new term coined in the last few years is “Cyber Monday.” This is the Monday after the Thanksgiving weekend when millions of people, back at work, go online to do some holiday shopping… It is also probably the single day with the most amount of wasted time at work… Below are a series of articles to celebrate today’s national cyberslacking event, and to remind bosses why it’s a good idea to know how your employees are spending their work day…

November 25, 2010
Half of Employers Monitor Internet and E-mail Use of Employees – Nearly One-Third of Workers Holiday Shop Online at Work
By Career Builders

CHICAGO – As Thanksgiving weekend officially kicks off the holiday season, one tradition that is returning this year is online shopping at the office. Cyber Monday, a term coined by the National Retail Federation for the first Monday after Thanksgiving, will likely be a busy day for Internet use at work. Twenty-nine percent of workers say they have holiday shopped online at work, on par with previous years. Of those planning to shop online this year, 27 percent will spend one hour or more. More than one-in-ten (13 percent) said they will spend two hours or more. Workers should be mindful of their companies’ electronic communications policies, though, as nearly half (47 percent) of companies said that they monitor Internet and e-mail use of employees. This year’s survey included more than 2,400 employers and more than 3,100 workers. Read more › 
November 24, 2010
Cyber Monday & Redefining Acceptable Use – Again
By Dan Lohrmann, Lohrmann on GovSpace

Trevor usually spends about six hours each year shopping online for Christmas presents at the office. A few years back he would save the final step, making the actual purchase, for his home PC. But now he feels comfortable enough to pull out his personal credit card and empty his shopping cart while still on his work PC. Yes, Trevor (not his real name) knows he is violating the formal acceptable use policy. Still, he silently justifies his actions by remembering his excellent performance appraisals. Besides, everyone is doing it... Read more ›
November 26, 2010
Stroud: What's Likely to Happen in Your Office on Cyber Monday
By: Robert Stroud, CGEIT – via

I was putting up bookshelves a few weeks ago when I discovered that the package was a few nuts and bolts short of getting the job done. As a typical time-pressed executive who spends most weekdays on the road, I needed an instant solution. So I called the manufacturers’ 1-800 line, only to find out it was closed on weekends. That’s when my “digital native” son took over. A few minutes of him surfing the web served up the needed info and a trip to the hardware store got it done. Read more ›
November 23, 2010
The Holidays: Is the Boss Monitoring Your Online Shopping?
By Stacey Bradford,

Working parents are especially busy during the weeks leading up to the holidays. In addition to our regular family obligations, we often need to clock in extra hours at the office so we can wrap up projects before Thanksgiving and Christmas. This time crunch presents many mothers and fathers with an ethical question: Is it okay to shop online for gifts from our cubicles? It turns out that plenty of folks have no problem hitting online stores during office hours. According to a recent poll by CareerBuilder, 27% of employees plan to spend at least one hour surfing the web for presents. Another 13% intend to waste at least two hours shopping for holiday gifts. Read more ›

The Top Ten Ways Workers Waste Time Online

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 No Comments

We were mentioned in this article from that talks about the top 10 ways employees waste tme online (at work)…

September 30, 2010
The Top Ten Ways Workers Waste Time Online
From 24/7 Wall Street

It is broadly assumed that American workers with access to computers spend some portion of their day using them for personal communication, gain, or pleasure. The actual wasted time and productivity turns out to be staggering.

24/7 Wall St. looked at a number of workplace studies about how people spend time online. Most of this research says that workers with PCs are on the Web for 20 to 22 hours a week. About a quarter of that is time spent on personal matters. That is about five hours of lost productivity each week. It is hard to imagine that any other activity before the advent of the PC could have eaten up that amount of time at work, even considering such productivity killers as going to the corner store to buy cigarettes or gossiping with co-workers around the water cooler. Read more ›

How to handle an employee's controversial online behavior

Thursday, September 02, 2010 No Comments

This interesting article that gives advice on how to let employees surf freely online, but making sure to keep them in line… good piece. Remember, a program like The Office Software will allow your employees freedom on the net, while you can make sure they don’t abuse the privileges.

How to handle an employee's controversial online behavior

In these days of social networking, employers need to take a well-considered, sensible and pragmatic approach to managing employees’ conduct online. Whilst many businesses employ some of form of filtering or monitoring, they would be foolish to underestimate the importance and value of social networking to their business, and to outlaw their employees from participating in such things would equally na├»ve. Issues of conduct fall into a number of different areas… Read more ›