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 .

SPONSORED REPORT

Cybersecurity threats proliferating for midsize and smaller businesses

This report details how SMBs can properly protect private information from breaches, design and implement a cybersecurity policy, and create safeguards for training and education.

QUIZ

Test yourself on these often confused words

The spelling checker on your word processing program can do only so much to flag problems. Your best insurance is to learn the troublesome words that trip up writers and use them correctly by the standards of formal, written English.