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clskrk

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Thought some of you might find this interesting! :D :D

Forget Work, IM Is for Scheming, Flirting, Gossip
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By Bernhard Warner, European Internet Correspondent

LONDON (Reuters) - Flirting with colleagues, scheming against the boss and gossiping about co-workers are among the most common Instant Messenger, or IM, missives circulating around the office, according to a new survey on Monday.

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So-called "IMing" -- the act of sending quick message exchanges to other Internet users -- has become a popular workplace pastime.


Just as they did with e-mail a few years ago, corporations have now embraced IM technology as it enables co-workers in large organizations to converse quickly and cheaply. But IM's popularity has its drawbacks, experts say.


Because many users believe it cannot be monitored by the boss, many freely fire off messages ranging from cruel cracks about a colleague's hair to sensitive information about major corporate projects.


"Businesses don't really monitor IMing," said Nigel Hawthorn, European marketing director for Blue Coat Systems, a Web security firm that conducted the survey of over 300 firms in the United States and Britain, the world's two largest IM markets.


"If you're leaning forward and typing away at your machine, who's to know what you're typing about," he added.


The preponderance of personal chatter leaves companies open to sensitive corporate leaks and even lawsuits, Hawthorn said.


In the UK, 65 percent of the 204 respondents said they use IM for personal purposes during work hours, the survey said.


Half the UK respondents admitted to peppering their IMs with abusive language; 40 percent used IM to conspire on colleagues during conference calls and nearly one-third confessed to "making sexual advances" in the easily disguised dialogue box.


U.S. respondents, meanwhile, gave more tame accounts of their IM usage. For example, less than one in five American survey participants said they used IM to comment on senior management or to flirt.


One explanation for the disparity is the Big Brother notion. Nearly 60 percent of British respondents did not believe or were unsure whether their IM conversations could be monitored by their employer while 71 percent of US respondents believed -- correctly -- that IM messages could be traced.
 

clskrk

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I posted this last night to see the responses from some of you.
(You know who you are:))
 
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I don't flirt with coworkers.... or scheme against anyone.... I pick people further away... LOL!!!
 
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well... flirting with coworkers can lead to dismissal... i need my job... so i choose people that i don't work with to flirt with.. i know i'm a flirt... or can be under the right circumstances... and sometimes i flirt and don't even realize it.. and other time i know.. lol.
one of my good friends and i have came to the conclusion that we both flirt unconsciously.. it's just part of who we are. lol.
 

clskrk

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I guess with some people it's just in their nature. I... I mean they can't help it :D
 
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Ok, I HAVE to get my boss to insist on an IM service as mandatory...see there ARE perks being the General Managers PA ;)
 
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Well this kinda has nothing to do with this topic, but my teachers at school say AIM your friends if you need help with the homework rather than saying call your friends.

Kinda found this funny.
 

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