Departing employees 'stealing data from firms'

25-02-2009

Departing employees 'stealing data from firms'
With the credit crunch continuing and redundancies becoming inevitable for many firms, employers are being urged to monitor what departing workers may take with them.

According to the Economist, new research conducted by Symantec has discovered that 82 per cent of American employees had no checks carried out on them when they left.

As a result, 60 per cent admitted to stealing data which ranged from email lists to customer information.

Many then used this to give themselves a competitive edge in the jobs market or in their new position.

The most popular method to swipe some information was by taking hard-copy files, although around half also used USB sticks and CDs.

Furthermore, the trend did not stop with data, as many confessed to retaining electronic storage devices including PDAs and laptops.

A spokesperson for ClickAJob makes the strong reminder that stealing data is a criminal act.

"Most employees are bound by a confidentiality agreement as part of their standard contract when they join a company," he points out.

"Typically this covers the use of company data during and after employment, with specific clauses about soliciting former clients for business and enticing them away," he continues.

"It might seem so easy, but it's not worth the risk - a conviction for theft could finish your career altogether."

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development recently stated that many redundant workers lack the interview skills to secure themselves a new position.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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