Keep personal information (PIM) and work data seperate! Here’s why.

Keep personal information and work data separate! Here’s why.

Cisco Systems recent study data: “68% of employees and 71% of college students believe corporate devices should be used for Social Media and Personal use, too” See Note: 1

This is an understandable set of conclusions, and desires on the part of employees. But a very bad policy choice for both the companies and the individuals. Here’s why.

The use of corporate assets for personal information is a constant battle ground. It is not a good idea for you as an individual, to mix your personal information management systems on corporate devices!!! Here is why…

The current average tenure of an individual at any given company is less than what it used to be. Way less. Less than 2 1/2 years. See Note: 2

With the state of employment as it is, at any given moment in your career your employer can make a decision to terminate your employment. Often without cause. Often without notice. The conversation may go like this. “You have been terminated. Please clear out your personal belongings and return all corporate assets immediately.” That means your notebook, phone, and any other electronic devices you may own. It is highly likely your email accounts will be disconnected at that time or immediately prior to termination. Trust me on this. It happened to me.

The result is, you are sitting in your car, no phone, no computer, no access to your corporate email account. Your personal information (Address book, Calendar, e-mail, Pictures, Notes, Memos, Documents, Videos, and all other digital data is no longer available to you. This is a very bad position to be in, and can easily be avoided.

Worse yet, someone at the company now has access to all your personal data embedded in those devices. You had better have locked those devices with security codes for access or bad things could happen making your overall experience even worse.

From the companies perspective, there is the productivity set of issues. More on that in later posts.

Call to Action: Do NOT mix your personal information with your business information. IF you chose to mix the information on your equipment, make extra sure that you have all of your personal information backed up and easily accessible on another system independent of your work systems.
Call to Action 2: Thank me later!!
Call to Action 3: Please let me know if anything like this has ever happened to you.

Peter Gailey
Personal Information Coach

#1 – Cisco report Infographic:

#2 – The bureau of Labor Statistics:
The average person born in the latter years of the baby boom held 11 jobs
From age 18 to age 44, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the
U.S. Department of Labor. More than three-fifths of these jobs were held
from ages 18 to 27.


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