Assignment: Ethical issues in the personal use of email at work

            It is one-percent unethical for employees to use their corporate email servers to accomplish personal tasks while they are working. When employees are working on the clock, the overall assumption is that the employees are completing the tasks that their managers and superiors have assigned them to accomplish. In the United States of America, companies have the tendency to give their employees the freedom and space to accomplish their duties. It is not very typical for a manager to hover over its staff members throughout one shift being that everyone is supposed to be doing their parts in effort to contribute to the overall vision of the corporation. So for people to breach this sense of trust is completely wrong on their ends of the situation. Employees who break the rules and use their professional email accounts that their managers have given to them for the sake of performing their jobs should be dealt with accordingly.

Being that an employer assigns their employees with their own professional email addresses so that they are able to do their jobs efficiently, the employer owns all rights to such email domains. When an employee accepts a job with a corporation, it is always understood that the employee is only aloud to utilize the email address for as long as their employed with the firm. For all of these reasons, the employer possesses the right to read any emails that are exchanged through the servers that they lend out to their employees. Such monitoring is not regarded as unethical behavior considering the fact that the employer is the rightful owner of all emailing domains. In fact, employers need to be aware of all correspondence that takes place amongst their employees to ensure that they are doing what is expected of them.



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