Do you eat at your desk? Do you save to your desktop instead of a secure server and turn off your computer without shutting down? You’re not alone! IT bad habits are rife in offices up and down the country, that’s according to our recent study.
We asked 500 employees in SMEs in the UK, and they confessed to some of the most infamous IT ‘no-nos’, from regularly eating at computers (29%), spilling food and drink in their keyboards, and using a personal email address instead of their company account one-in-five), which doesn’t promote a professional image.
Our findings also revealed that 20% of employees are committing the ultimate storage faux pas, saving documents to their desktop rather than a secure server.
Perhaps more serious is that a surprising nine per cent of SMEs do not safeguard their IT systems from threats with virus software and security passwords, with more than one-in-10 neglecting to protect confidential files (12%) – all of which has the potential to lead to major security breaches. (If your one of the businesses lacking the appropriate software, check out our helpful blog here).
16 per cent of employees admit to regularly printing in colour instead of black and white, a habit which may seem innocent but can cost a company hundreds of pounds a year. This is due to, in most cases, colour prints costing 10 times more than black and white.
Our study highlighted other “bad habits” including using a personal Dropbox account instead of a server, emailing without a signature and turning off computers without shutting them down properly.
If you work in finance you are probably doing most of these as our survey showed that the finance industry are the worst offenders, with a massive 88% confessing to frequently committing one or more IT “bad habits”.
So how many bad habits are you guilty of? Tweet us @Altodigital and give us your worst.