Digital / Internet

21 January 2016

Allyson Morgan

Private emails and messages while at work


  • 60% of Brits think employers should not be able to read their employees emails
  • 36% of men say it is ok
  • 81% of 16-19 years oppose eomloyers looking at their private messages

Taking a quick look at What`s App


A recent work tribunal found an employer was within his right to read the private messages and emails written by his employee druing work time, the content of which led to a dismissal. mingle Trend asked the Brits what they thought about the idea of a boss being allowed to read their private correspondence.

30% of the 959 participants said it was fine for their boss to read emails and messages they had sent while working and 60% oppose. Men (36%)are surprisingly more likely to accept their employer knowing to whom and what they were writing than women (25%). Could the emails and messages written by women really be more incriminating? 🙂 The overwhelming majority of 16-19 years (81%) contend the idea of their boss reading their correspondence, even if it was written while they were supposed to be working. 43% of the 60-69 years are the age-group say it is ok for a boss to want to know what their employees are writing.

What is your opinion on this topic? Do you think messenger services and social networks like Whats App, Viber, facebook etc should be banned from the workplace?

Survey data base

Type of survey : British population between 16-69 years of age
Sample :959 British participants selected on a representative basis
Survey time : 14.01.16 until 21.01.16
Method: Online survey, sample

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1 Comment

  1. Carl says:

    Yes I do

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