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Alison Doyle

Getting Fired for Sending Email

By July 21, 2007

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A recent Proofpoint Survey found that 32% of large companies read employee email. Almost 28% have terminated employees for email policy violations, while another 45% have disciplined an employee for violating email policies. 20% of surveyed employers disciplined employees for improper use of blogs or message boards, 14% for social network violations, and 11% for improper use of media sharing sites.

What you do online, at least when you're doing it from work, is your employer's business and not much of it is private. And the number of companies reading your email is important to note for anyone seeking employment. In fact, almost 17% of the companies surveyed had employees whose primary job is to read or analyze email.

So, it's important to be careful. Don't send job search related (or networking) email from work. It's not worth taking a chance on getting caught. Use your personal email account and send your resumes from your home computer. Job hunt carefully - and confidentially. What if you do get caught? Here's some advice on what to do if the boss catches you job searching.

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