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Privacy Productivity Study
  • Employees Are 50 Percent Less Productive Due To Visual Privacy Concerns

    Employees Are 50 Percent Less Productive Due To Visual Privacy Concerns

    In 2010, the Visual Data Breach Risk Assessment Study revealed that two out of three working professionals are displaying sensitive information on their mobile devices, such as social security numbers, credit card numbers and other non-regulated but sensitive company information, when outside the office. This points to the insight that in certain circumstances people value productivity over data protection when working. However, in circumstances when an individual values data protection, is the company potentially losing productivity due to visual privacy concerns?

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    The Visual Privacy Productivity Study2, conducted by the Ponemon Institute and commissioned by 3M, the makers of privacy filters for desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones, found that employees are 50 percent less productive when they feel their visual privacy on their screen is at risk. Based on this finding, lost productivity due to employee visual privacy concerns is potentially costing a U.S. business organization with more than 7,500 people more than $1 million dollars per year. 3 The findings of these studies reveal that both data leakage and lost productivity are costing companies who do not employ measures to protect visual privacy on mobile devices of mobile workers.

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    Employees are twice as productive when their visual privacy is protected. In order to explore whether visual privacy impacted productivity, a researcher invited employees to participate in a survey that included sensitive questions about their company of employment. Prior to administering the survey, participants were given a computer connected to the network with half of participants’ computers equipped with a 3M privacy filter and half without a privacy filter. Before beginning the survey, there was a wait period in which employees were given the choice to work or not work while the researcher sat in close proximity and could easily view
    their screen. Employees whose visual privacy was protected by a 3M privacy filter worked 44 percent of the wait time, compared to 22 percent of the time by those without the filter. Based on these findings, this lost productivity costs an organization approximately $543 per employee per year.

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