Office Chores Prioritised Ahead of GDPR for Workers

Menial tasks and time-consuming office chores are being considered more important than complying with GDPR, a new employee survey claims.

The new poll conducted by Fellowes asked over 1,000 UK office workers in July on their organization’s stance towards GDPR. Shockingly, 86% of those surveyed claimed they are more likely to be told off or in trouble for not completing office chores than they would be for not following GDPR procedures. Some of the more menial tasks mentioned were emptying or loading the dishwasher or helping to keep the workplace tidy. 17% of those surveyed also revealed that they are more likely to be challenged about being late and missing deadlines than the mishandling of confidential data.

Full GDPR Survey Breakdown

Along with these initial findings, several other pieces of troubling data were collected by Fellowes. This included:

  • 54% of workers had seen personal or confidential data they shouldn’t have
  • 33% of workers admitted to leaving confidential or personal data unattended
  • 61% have received an incorrect email from the wrong sender
  • 14% have left confidential documents in public view and in public places
  • 19% have left a USB data storage device unattended somewhere
  • 45% had sent a confidential email to the wrong recipient.

These statistics along with the most alarming findings, are also accompanied by nearly all the UK office workers involved in the study (94%) saying they would regularly print out documents to read. Within this percentage, 7% said they had a shredder they have never used and 16% claimed their office didn’t contain a shredder.

Office Chores Priority a Concern

Speaking more on the findings from Fellowes study, Country Head UK & Ireland at Fellowes, Darryl Brunt explained how a priority of menial office chores over GDPR is a considerable cause for concern.

“It’s a worrying sign that companies in the UK are more concerned about office chores than GDPR, which could cost businesses millions of pounds. One in ten workers don’t know who is responsible for GDPR within their business, and the truth is, protecting confidential data is everyone’s responsibility. It’s also troubling to see that almost one in five workers haven’t been given a concrete policy for handling GDPR. This has to change, or businesses will pay the price.”

Consumer Reaction to GDPR’s Introduction

It’s not just office workers who seem to be struggling with GDPR since it’s introduction however. A recent study by consumer insights company Toluna further indicates how potentially ineffective GDPR has been in improving public confidence in companies handling their personal data. When asked on what impact GDPR was having on their overall experience with brands, 65% of the 1,000 consumers asked stated that GPPR had made no change, with only 27% feeling it had improved it and 8% commenting it had made it worse.

Furthermore, whilst 92% of consumers feel they are aware of GDPR, only 54% said they would be able to identify if a company breaching regulations. 21% stated they knew of companies breaching GDPR intentionally and 24% said they weren’t aware of any current organizations that were breaking the rules.

Do you feel as though GDPR has been effective in ensuring better protection of personal data? Or do you feel it’s perhaps only confused data handling policies further?

Let us know in the comments below or tweet us on Twitter @OfficeSuppBlog with your thoughts.

Sources:

Workplace InsightUK workers say menial tasks override GDPR compliance in their office

Marketing WeekGDPR three months on: Most consumers feel no better off

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