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Workplace lexicon: acc

According to National Public Radio blogger Elise Hu, an acc in an email is even worse than the dreaded but invisible bcc because it is a “passive-aggressive move that blindsides the original party.”

Why not click? Maybe this Nigerian email is legit!

Nearly one in five white-collar employees polled (19%) admit they have opened a suspicious email at work—and then failed to notify IT that they may have compromised computer security systems.

One more reason not to seek staff’s Facebook content


There has been a lot of ink spilled out on the practice of employers requiring employees to provide access to their private social media accounts. Employers should avoid this practice because it erodes the trust necessary to build a workable employer/employee relationship. A recent case provides another reason why it’s a bad idea.

Tablets taking over business

So far, tablets such as the iPad have mostly been for personal use. However, the mini machines are making inroads at work, too. For example, United Airlines pilots carry tablets instead of bulky flight-plan binders.

By the numbers: Cellphones bring us the Internet

According to the Pew Research Center, 21% of cell users almost exclusively access the Internet with their phones.

Scheduling tricks for multiple time zones

If you conduct virtual interviews or meetings with people around the country (or globe), it’s hard to correctly schedule meetings across various time zones. One tool to consider: EveryTimeZone.com.

Workplace lexicon: BYOD

Bring Your Own Device: The term refers to the practice of allowing employees to freely use their own mobile phones, tablets and laptops to perform work tasks. One new survey found that Millennial employees consider BYOD a right—not a privilege.

Does social media improve internal communication?

Despite employees’ pervasive personal use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and other social media platforms, a recent Towers Watson survey found that only 56% of employers use social media to communicate and build community with their workers.

Insta-liability: Online risks go beyond Facebook

Most of the legal cautionary tales about social media involve misguided posting on Facebook and Twitter. Here’s proof that lack of common sense can be found in all corners of the Internet:

Is it legally risky to use facial recognition software?

Q. Management wants to install “facial recognition” software that clocks in employees by electronically matching the employee’s face to a database. Leaving aside the Big Brother creepiness, are there any legal land mines we should consider before installing this type of technology?