In the UK, employees don’t care about the rules and continue to send messages at work, even if their bosses might be reading them. They forget that their superiors could be overseeing them and if they share controversial information, this could lose them their job.
According to a research, employees in the UK are sending around 100 private messages a day at work, from their Facebook or WhatsApp accounts, or through email or text. Employees are not very happy about this, because workers lose their attention while writing messages and become less productive. Instead of helping companies to earn more money, workers have fun and neglect their tasks, infuriating their bosses. That’s why in January, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that employees can monitor their employees’ messages and fire them if they’re too lazy to work.
In Romania, an engineer named Bogdan Mihai Barbulescu lost his job after sending private messages to his fiancée on Yahoo YM and he appealed to the Court, but he didn’t win, because he violated the company-wide ban on private messaging during working hours. David Evans, director of policy at BCS – the Chartered Institute for IT, said that “It’s really important for individuals to understand how their use of email and social media fits with their employer’s policies,” and that “It is also important for managers to treat employees with respect, and not monitoring their employees more than is needed to manage the business risks.”
According to Dice, in the UK, almost 70 percent of workers have admitted that they’re sending private messages on WhatsApp, Facebook, emails or text messages, during work day, and 90 percent of them are aged between 16 and 24 years. There have been surveyed 1,000 employees and 40 percent of them said that their messages were about job opportunities, while nine percent of them have flirted with someone from the company. Others prefer to shop online, wasting a lot of time looking for products on websites.
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