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Risk Chat: Risks around new technologies…

Posted By IRMSAInsight, 09 March 2015
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09 March 2015 


Risk Chat: Risks around new technologies… 

The expectations of the modern workforce are changing; across the globe organisations are empowering their employees to work smarter, more flexibly, and with more mobility. During the course of any day, employees take part in many different work activities and this means that workspaces for tomorrow should enable these employees to choose different work settings to suit their various work activities. More agility, better collaboration, higher productivity, and cost savings are a few of the potential benefits being sighted.

Questions to Consider:

-  But what about the risks that this shift brings about?

-  Has your organization thought of these risks and how will it respond to them in light of the aforementioned benefits?

-  How about the generational differences – the “Baby Boomers” may not be as technologically savvy but are still important consumers, how will your business respond to all age groups?

-  Will you know when your conversation is being recorded?

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Richard Whittaker says...
Posted 09 March 2015
Ah, indeed, modern technology! Speaking as a "baby boomer" who is reasonably tech savvy - but refuses to join face book and twitter and still has a slide rule, I can remember the promises that Asimov and co made to us in their predictive sci-fi in the 50s and 60s that robots/computers would ease our workload. But no, we insist on having our iPods or tablets close to hand when eating, drinking and goodness knows what else, such that we end up working twice "normal" hours instead of half! But what downside risks does technology bring? Texting while driving is an obvious one, being more in touch with your gadget than family and friends, a generation of kids (the Oughties or the Teen generation?), who run out of imagination because the device has it all for them and, perhaps worse, innumerate and illiterate kids for whom sms speak is the only language they know so they have to rely on spell check, and sometimes don't even bother to do that, but should they perhaps do so, end up with sighted instead of cited!
The list of risks is as big as your non-computerised imagination!
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Marcos Mupingo says...
Posted 12 March 2015
Empowering employees to work smarter with more mobility can have financial benefits benefits but down stream social costs. The organisations exist to create value through established ethics , norms and values, These values are only preserved through collaborative teamwork, knowledge sharing and peer review. Enabling employees to choose different work settings to suit their activities can erode some of benefits gained through teamwork. Work settings that suit employees activities can result in information security risk issues largely from mobile devices or employees caring work to their homes or performing the tasks in insecure environments
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