The study was conducted among 274 individuals from five organizations in a variety of business sectors. Individuals were invited to participate in a survey that included answering sensitive questions about their employer. Prior to taking the survey on a computer in close proximity to a stranger hovering nearby, there was a brief waiting period where all individuals were given the choice to work or not work. The study examined whether people chose to work or not work when their visual privacy was invaded. It also examined whether employees chose to answer negatively about their employer or not respond to sensitive questions in the survey. The results outline how productivity and transparency behaviors differed among those who were provided visual privacy with a 3M privacy filter and those who did not have visual privacy.For more information or to download the study whitepaper, go to www.3Mscreens.com/ProductivityStudy. The following key findings outline some of the highlights from the whitepaper. Some other key findings include:
- Employees are 50 percent less productive when their visual privacy is at risk. Employees with visual privacy chose to work 44% of the time compared to 22% of the time for those without a 3M privacy filter. Based on these findings, this lost productivity costs an organization approximately $543 per employee per year 2.
- Visual privacy impacts transparency. When asked to answer a series of sensitive question on a computer, those who value privacy passed on nearly twice as many questions when they didn’t have visual privacy on a computer compared to those who did have a 3M privacy filter protecting their answers from the view of the researcher.
- Women value privacy more and are more productive. Fifty-six percent of those surveyed cited privacy as either important or very important, yet women valued privacy more (61%) than men (50%). Similarly, women’s productivity was more positively impacted than men when their screen was protected with a privacy filter.
- Older employees value privacy more. While 61 percent of employees older than 35 valued privacy, only 51 percent of those under 35 placed importance on privacy.
- More than half of those surveyed said their visual privacy had been invaded:
- 69 percent in the workplace
- 55 percent while traveling via plane, train, bus
- 51 percent in a public place such as a café, airport or hotel.
- Employees unsure on how organization handles sensitive information.
- 47 percent were unsure or did not think their organization placed an importance on protecting sensitive information that is displayed on computer screens and did not have adequate policies in place when employees are working in a public location.
- 58 percent were unsure or did not think other employees were careful about protecting sensitive information on computer or mobile device screens when in public places.
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