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Fearing Prying Eyes, IT Workers Avoid NSFW Content

Fearing Prying Eyes, IT Workers Avoid NSFW Content
IT workers know best what websites to avoid at work. / Credit: Man at computer image via Shutterstock

You could learn a thing or two from your IT department about which online activities are safe for work and which aren't. A new study from staffing firm Modis revealed that IT professionals found that nearly 90 percent of the IT professionals surveyed said their knowledge of their companies' IT practices and capabilities makes them less likely to surf questionable websites in the workplace.

Moreover, 82 percent of those surveyed said they wouldn't criticize their boss or management in a work email, and 80 percent said they would avoid searching for another job on their work computer. Additionally, nearly 70 percent avoid using interoffice chat for personal conversations, and 35 percent avoid using their personal email on work devices.

The research also found that although IT professionals are confident in their work, they tend to not talk about their IT jobs in social situations. Of those surveyed, 62 percent are reluctant to discuss their tech profession during a romantic dinner, and 46 percent said a first date is off-limits for work talk. Other times when they are reluctant to talk about work include while attending religious services, watching sports and attending a party or family outing.

While they might not like to talk about their jobs, IT professionals are quick to help both colleagues and friends with technical help when they need it. Nearly all of those surveyed spend an average of two hours per week providing colleagues with personal tech support. Additionally, 78 percent are a go-to resource for their friends and family when they are in need of some technical assistance.

The study found that overall, IT professionals have lofty goals for themselves that extend beyond their own department. More than half of those surveyed want to be a CEO of a company they start on their own, compared with just 32 percent who would like to be the top IT person at their current company.

Millennial IT professionals may embody the entrepreneurial spirit more than older generations. The research discovered that nearly 70 percent of IT professionals ages 18 to 34 want to be the CEO of a company that they start or own, compared with 50 percent of those ages 35 to 50 and 46 percent of those ages 51 to 60.

The study was based on surveys of 501 employed IT professionals in the United States.

Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.