Inquiring Minds...
Exposures: When Not To Share.
As we all learned in kindergarten, sharing is a wonderful thing. Unless you are sharing a cold or important personal and work information. Sometimes, the benefits of trying to work through your illness can leave more than your coworkers exposed.
A National Sanitation poll of more than 23,800 workers
across North America and Europe revealed that 75 percent of us go to work sick. About 20 percent of respondents said they always go to work when they're ill, and 55 percent said they only take a sick day if their symptoms are severe. Just 25 percent said they stay home and either work from home (10 percent) or take the day off (15 percent.) According to the Centers for Disease Control, the chances of getting sick in the next year are 5 percent to 20 percent. Presumably the 20 percent is for people who get colds from others on the job.
Your foggy head may be a security risk.
When we are coughing and sneezing we are not at the top of our game. It is important to keep your personal and company data in mind when you out of sorts. When we are ill, we are more likely to walk away from our workstation without logging out, or leave our laptop or portable devices on a counter while we excuse ourselves to blow our nose. We’re sure you’re honestly trying to keep your germs to yourself, but it is truly worth the risk to push through and miss a few steps here and there that could have a greater impact?
Employment Scam Targeting College Students.
While this article doesn’t fit the business basis of our newsletter, we’re sure you know a college student or colleague who will benefit from this announcement. The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently released a report about a new scam focused on college students across the US. Scammers are advertising with phony job opportunities on college employment sites. Some students are receiving recruiting e-mails too.
How the college job scam works.
Scammers suck in the starving student with an enticing advertisement. The student then receives a counterfeit check in the mail or via e-mail and is asked to deposit it in their personal account. Then the scammer asks them to withdraw the funds and send a portion to another individual, usually a vendor for equipment or software pertaining to the job.
The scammer wins.
The scam works because of the processing time at the bank. The would be employer receives the money for the supplies and the student is hit with an account closure due to fraudulent activity and has to pay back every penny to the bank. Not to mention the scammers often obtain quite a bit of personal information throughout this process that can be used to further exploit the student’s identity.
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