You’ve heard lots of talk about the attitudes that Generation Y employees bring to work.
Well, here’s an attitude you may want to note: 68% of Gen Yers (18-34 years old) contacted in a recent survey thought it was OK to take confidential files out of the office. That’s in contrast to the 50% of people above 55 years old who thought it was all right.
The survey of 2,625 adults, done by online data storage provider FileTrek, also found that:
- 32% overall (all ages) would take confidential files home so as to finish a project from home late at night, and
- 30% would do so in order to work over the weekend or on vacation.
By the way, the usual take-home tool is a USB drive.
Younger people, brought up on laptop computers, wireless Internet and smart phones, are used to accessing information whenever and wherever. And even older employees are getting in the same habit.
These developments aren’t bad in themselves. For non-confidential and/or non-proprietary information, the more convenience in handling and sharing, the better.
But confidential data is another kettle of fish. If you don’t have a policy telling employees clearly what they can and can’t do with such information, you may find – to your dismay – that your secrets are out.
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