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The Month in Numbers

Employers lose almost 3% of their working time to employee absence, a report from HR website XpertHR reveals. This equates to 6.6 days per employee. Absence rates increase in line with company size: organisations with less than 100 employees lose just 1.8% of their working time, or 4 days per employee, while organisations with 1,000 or more workers lose 3.8% of working time, or 8.8 days per employee.

Slow or inadequate broadband is the biggest barrier to homeworking according to a new study by Regus. Over a quarter (27%) of UK professionals surveyed by the global workspace provider say that inadequate internet provision stops them from working from home.

A new Fellowes survey highlights poor document security within businesses, with 44% of UK office workers having seen confidential printed documents in the workplace and one in five (20%) admitting that they never shred work documents. One third (32%) have accidentally seen private emails and electronic documents on a colleague’s screen. Almost half (47%) don’t know whether their company is taking action to comply with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Almost half (48%) of UK adults believe that the Government should pay up when public services are held to ransom by hackers, finds research by Britons are more concerned about cyber attacks on services like the NHS (60%) and banks (56%) than infrastructure like the National Grid (29%). When it comes to their own data, nearly three quarters (72%) say they would not pay any ransom for a locked smartphone.

Companies risk losing up to 55% of customers if they suffer a significant personal data leak, warns Baringa Partners. Its research into consumer attitudes towards data protection reveals that, in the event of a data breach, 30% of people would ‘switch provider immediately’ and a further 25% would ‘wait to see the media response/what others say and do’ before switching. Almost two thirds (64%) of customers currently trust companies with their personal data. The main reasons for doing so are because ‘they are an established brand/have a strong reputation’ (29%) and ‘they have been my provider for a long time’ (18%).

Nearly two thirds (61%) of UK workers keep aspects of their private lives hidden at work, according to research by Inclusive Employers. Family difficulties (46%) topped the list of subjects people like to keep private, followed by mental health (31%). One in five said they would hide their sexual orientation. Yet, over a quarter of workers (26%) say they would feel less connected to their workplace if they hid an aspect of themselves and 18% said their performance would suffer.

Ninety-two percent of IT security professionals report that company employees attempt to access information they do not need for their day-to-day work – 66% of IT professionals surveyed by One Identity admit to doing the same. Source: The One Identity Global State of IAM Study, 2017

Cloud account software company Xero has surpassed a quarter of a million small business subscribers in the UK. Earlier this year, Xero expanded its UK headquarters in Milton Keynes to accommodate new sales and customer experience staff. From just seven staff in 2012, Xero now employs more than 200 people in the UK and more than 1,800 in 21 offices worldwide.

309.9 million
Blizz by TeamViewer, a dedicated web conferencing and collaboration solution, reached 1 million minutes of online meetings just two months after its official launch. Blizz provides a simple set-up process that lets users start and join meetings instantly via a web interface. Additionally, meetings with up to 300 participants can be held on Windows, MacOS, Android and iOS devices.

1.9 billion
More data records were lost or stolen in the first half of 2017 (1.9 billion) than in all of 2016 (1.37 billion), according to Gemalto’s Breach Level Index. This equates to 10,439,560 records lost or stolen every day, or 121 records every second. The Government suffered the most reported data breaches with 12, ahead of technology businesses (7) and healthcare (6). The largest reported data breach in the UK involved 26,000,000 records held by the NHS.

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