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What employees talk about on work email.

More than 90% of employees use work email to organise their social life and send jokes, according to a survey released by Cryoserver, the forensic email archiving and compliance company.

Cryoserver surveyed a selection of UK employees from various industries about their email habits, particularly focusing on those that were non-work related. The results reveal that more than half of employees use work email for a number of things besides work, discussing everything from news and current affairs to their social life during office hours. The top ten non-work related uses discussed were:

1. Organised social life or weekend plans--98%

2. Jokes / humorous emails--90%

3. Organised holiday plans--78%

4. Conducted non-work related business--76%

5. Organised birthday parties / stag nights etc.--74%

6. Dinner plans--70%

7. Relationships / love life or other personal issues--64%

8. Gossiped about colleagues--56%

9. News and current affairs--56%

10. Local restaurants/pubs--50%

This survey raises important issues for employers both from a productivity perspective and legal point of view under the Data Protection Act. With regards to productivity, almost all of the employees surveyed use work email for organisms their social life, more than three quarters organise holidays on it and almost two thirds of respondents discuss their relationships on the work email.
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Title Annotation:IT News
Publication:Database and Network Journal
Date:Dec 1, 2005
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