Tech Taboos


A lthough e-mail and instant messages (IMs) are the electronic equivalent of DNA evidence, few companies consider the risks associated with them. In fact, according to a 2004 survey, one in five U.S. companies has had employee e-mails subpoenaed in lawsuits or regulatory investigations and 13% have battled workplace lawsuits triggered by employee e-mail.

What to do? Every firm should have a written policy explaining which e-mails and IMs employees should retain, as 41% of the surveyed organizations have done. You also should conduct e-mail policy training classes that explain what kind of content could conceivably damage a company in court.

Source: The American Management Association, www.amanet.org , and the ePolicy Institute, http://epolicyinstitute.com .

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