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Survey finds office workers unhappy at lack of privacy

By Jean Lin  /  STAFF REPORTER

In a recently conducted nationwide survey, over 70 percent of office workers polled felt that their computer screens were frequently peeked at in their workplace by other employees or bosses.

The survey also found that 94 percent of the office workers polled felt that their mood at work was adversely affected if they felt their privacy had been violated or disrespected

The survey, conducted online earlier this month by technology company 3M and the Cheers Magazine Web site, polled a total of 2,544 office workers.

It found that over 90 percent of employees felt that their privacy should be better protected.

More than 40 percent of office workers said they had experienced incidents at work in which their privacy was violated but no further details were given.

In addition, 85 percent of the workers polled felt that instant messaging services and software should be allowed in the office and that its contents should be private.

Another 86 percent of the employees felt that viewing instant messaging screens or other non work-related Web sites might cause them to be negatively evaluated.

Jane Chen (陳亦珍), director of knowledge management at Cheers Magazine Group, said that most employers were worried about lazy employees and the disclosure of company information when making the decision to ban instant messaging services.

Chen said that there should instead be clear company regulations for messaging software and employees should be told what "classified" information was.

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