How Your Work Computer’s ‘History’ Can Get You Fired?

Don’t get fired or experience an embarrassing moment because of what’s found on your work computer’s ‘history.’

A large number of people carry out their personal business on their work computers. In their break, they do some online shopping or even use a VPN to unblock restricted sites like xvideos (find more info here). And there’s no issue with that, as long as everything they do is safe, secured, and private are dealt with confidentially. The problem stars when other people in the office start getting involved and they continue with their personal affairs after their break is over.

The recent sex-scandal implicating tech-sector employees reported by Newsweek, revealed that men working for well-known tech companies ordered “sex” using their work computer. Really? Don’t these guys have a personal cell phone they could have used? We’d like to think that nobody is using their work computer to access websites such as when they can just do this in their own time.

A summary of a employee’s email rights according to SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management),

…an employee’s personal use of e-mail and the Internet during business hours affects the employer’s productivity and profitability…employee misuse of electronic communication media can place organizations at risk for legal liability and breaches of data security. Employers can face claims of sexual harassment, discrimination, defamation, copyright infringement and other improper conduct arising from employee misuse of computerized communications. Also, employers must be concerned with protecting trade secrets and proprietary information.

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How to use your work computer so that you don’t get fired (or reprimanded):

– Avoid using your work computer for personal endeavors such as: Job search • Easy ways to sue your employer. • How to start a business. • How to take a client list when you quit.

– Use your break time or before or after work hours to do research. It’s still within the company’s domain, however, you aren’t stealing* productivity time.

*You are getting paid to do a job, when you use that paid time to conduct personal business, it is considered stealing. Are you prepared to give back the amount of time used?

– Don’t email smutty photos, lewd emojis, off-color jokes (even if you weren’t the creator).

– Don’t email details of your weekend hookups.

– Don’t email comments about how hot or not a coworker or client looks.

– Don’t email gossip; that’s what the water cooler is for.

– Don’t email links to porn sites like, escort services or related services.

– Avoid online searches for medical or mental health concerns.

– Avoid online searches for coworkers, clients, or management, unless it is a professional site like Linkedin.

Final thoughts: “But everyone does it.” It comes down to integrity and ethics: How much time do you steal from the company? Extra long breaks, hallway chit-chats, playing ping-pong, dropping off dry cleaning, checking your social media accounts, texting your friends or child…it all adds up. When a service charges you by the hour, how do you feel if they take time to make a few calls on ‘your dime?” So you shouldn’t really be spending time and their dime on viewing sites such as it’s just common sense really.

Note: I often use sarcasm and/or humor to make a point, scoff or highlight absurdity.

Disclaimer: My advice is general and may not suit your particular situation. Additionally, to keep it brief, my answers are basic. Lastly, there is always more than one way to handle a dilemma. Copyright 2018, Rosalinda Randall. All Rights Reserved

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Rosalinda Oropeza Randall, Social Skills, Communication Skills, Business Etiquette Expert, Media Source, and author of “Don’t Burp in the Boardroom.” Trained in Sexual Harassment & Business Ethics.

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