Survey reveals Irish employees’ bad tech habits

23 May 2012

Research conducted by Amárach Research for Microsoft shows Irish employees’ lack of concern for data security and protection.

In an effort to investigate what good and bad working habits exist in the Irish workplace, Microsoft asked employees about their bad tech habits. Most employees admitted that neglecting to back up was their worst, with 31pc saying they have never backed up their data.

And it’s not all work-related data, either, with 28pc of employees admitting they use technology in the workplace for personal use, while 32pc store personal data on a work device.

This highlights some Irish employees’ lack of concern for security, as 22pc don’t delete data after use and another 22pc don’t sufficiently ensure the security of devices they are using.

While the majority (71pc) of workers would like their employer to show greater flexibility and almost half (46pc) feel at their most productive when working at home, the potential for developing a mobile workforce is compromised when 1 in 5 employees can’t be trusted to work securely.

Perhaps employees with bad tech habits just need to be told what for; after all, 38pc of employees surveyed wish their employers gave them ‘warts and all’ feedback to aid their growth.

Elaine Burke
By Elaine Burke

Elaine Burke was editor of Silicon Republic until 2023, and is now the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. Elaine joined Silicon Republic in 2011 as a journalist covering gadgets, new media and tech jobs. She later served as managing editor before stepping up as editor in 2019. She comes from a background in publishing and is known for being particularly pernickety when it comes to spelling and grammar – earning her the nickname, Critical Red Pen.

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