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Boozy workers watch porn in the office

Karl Flinders

More than half of workers get drunk at work, and a third look at porn during work time. Drunken staff are causing problems for employees through inappropriate use of technology.

Research, from e-mail security firm Proofpoint, said that 56% of office workers admitted to returning to work drunk after a lunchtime beverage.

Some tipsy workers have made the mistake of hitting the reply-all button on their e-mail, and have sent the entire company, including senior executives, inappropriate responses to e-mails. A quarter of respondents said they have e-mailed a colleague with saucy comments intended for a lover.

The survey also found that 33% of staff admit to having viewed pornography on their computer in the office.

"A real crossover in the digital realm between personal and professional lives means staff are increasingly relaxed in their use of workplace e-mail and internet. Working longer hours and therefore using these technologies more to stay in touch with friends and family can only heighten the risk," said David Stanley, UK managing director at Proofpoint.


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