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4imprint Explores Workplace Privacy Rights in New Blue Paper® and Podcast

(OSHKOSH, Wis.) – Technologies that allow employers to obtain information on current and prospective employees, along with tactics that employers can implement to monitor work and productivity of employees, are expanding rapidly. So rapidly, in fact, that many businesses find themselves at a crossroads of what can be done and what should be done. The latest Blue Paper®and Podcast from promotional products retailer 4imprint, entitled Workplace Privacy: The Cone of Silence?, explores these tactics and presents a broad overview of the legal implications of doing so, along with the benefits.

“Just because the technology exists doesn’t mean these tactics are right or appropriate for all businesses,” says Mary Curtin, vice president of human resources for 4imprint. “Business should really focus on legitimate needs of the company in respect to employee best interests and trust. A great place to start is with a workplace privacy policy that outlines expectations for everyone.”

In a survey conducted in 2007 and released in 2008 by the American Management Association and the e-Policy Institute found that monitoring employees is fairly common practice in the U.S.: 66 percent of employers surveyed monitor the Internet connection of employees and 65 percent of employers restrict access to certain Web sites, such as social networks or those sites that feature adult content, games or the like, and another 43 percent store and review computer files.

Workplace privacy is a subject that employers and employees should educate themselves on in their own business environment to decide what is best for the organization and what is best for employees. Workplace Privacy: The Cone of Silence? Explores different aspects of workplace privacy, presents expert advice for developing a workplace privacy policy and offers tips on how best to communicate on this issue with staff. To read this Blue Paper, or to download the Podcast, visit www.4imprint.com/bluepapers.

About 4imprint Blue Papers®
4imprint Blue Papers® are in-depth, how-to articles, distributed to 4imprint customers to help their organizations succeed. Accessible at www.4imprint.com/bluepapers, Blue Papers™ have covered popular, cutting-edge topics such as podcasting, online social media, search engine optimization (SEO) and experiential marketing.

About 4imprint
4imprint is part of 4imprint Group, Plc, a publicly traded company on the London Stock Exchange, and serves more than 100,000 businesses with its innovative promotional items throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Ireland. Its product offerings include corporate gifts, personalized gifts, custom shirts, promotional pens, travel mugs, tote bags, water bottles, Post-it Notes, custom calendars, and much more. For additional information, log on to www.4imprint.com.

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