Monday, February 15, 2010


I enjoyed a long discussion with a client this week about her work environment. She informed me she checks her personal email, bank accounts, and so forth on company time.

I told her she should assume the boss is watching.

She said she has a hot key to flip the screen when the boss walks by.

I said, “Assume the boss is watching and recording every keystroke you make, because he probably is.”

“He would have said something by now if he knew,’ she said.

She refused to get the message. In this economic environment, would you risk your employment over internet shopping you could easily do at home on your own time? Do you want the boss to see exactly what you see and type on social networking sites? Personal email? Bank records?

I thought not.

When you assume, you make an ass out of u and me, as the saying goes.

Assume the boss is watching anyway. Because he is. And when he does talk with you, it could be to replace you.

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