If you send WhatsApp or Facebook messages at work, your boss could be reading
Posted by Damien Biddulph on Mon 25th Apr 2016
If you regularly send WhatsApp or Facebook messages while at work, this might be worth reading.
UK employees are sending up to 100 private messages every day without realising that their employers might be monitoring their content.
The tech career site Dice has released new research which indicates that employees in British companies are sending large volumes of private messages including applications and inquiries relating to other jobs.
Just under 70 per cent of workers in the UK admit to using email, text, WhatsApp, Facebook and other platforms for personal use during work hours, but research shows a large proportion are unaware of the regulations when it comes to the monitoring of private messages.
Almost half had no idea that their employer may be entitled to monitor the content of the messages they send on company devices. The rule came in this year after an employee was fired for messaging his fiancée on Yahoo Messenger while at work.
The research shows it isn’t just the fact that employees are sending private messages that could be problematic, it’s the indiscretion they show in what they discuss too. Forty per cent have communicated with a new or potentially new employer from work, nine per cent have discussed personal matters about their relationship or flirted with a co-worker and 31 per cent have spent their time shopping.
So be careful.