Is Virtualization The Answer For The Flextime Threat?
I recently wrote a paper on desktop application virtualization and how it can improve security. Andreas M. Antonopoulos writes that this technology might be the answer for providing secure computing environments when home as well as business systems are seen by today’s employees as interchangeable for work or personal use.
Nine-to-five is quickly becoming a quaint memory in many workplaces. Flex time, teleworkers, road warriors and home offices are increasingly blurring the distinction between “my time” and “work time.” That means more work is done during off-hours but also that more “play” is done during work.
If my employees do a quick e-mail check after dinner to get ready for tomorrow’s tasks, is it not also reasonable for them to check their eBay listing during the day? In a business driven by results and productivity, flexibility in the work hours usually benefits the employer just as much as the employee. But while employers might not worry about blurring the working hours, should they mind about employees using the same laptop for both work and play?