Company resources like company cars, computers and lots more, are a few resources an employee can enjoy. I myself can drive a company car going anywhere, but I must set some limitations according to company rules. I can also use the company phone for personal reasons, but I must take note of my expenses. There are bigger and better benefits, but there are rules to take note.
Noted Regulations from The Ethics Office at Texas Instruments Corporation
• Company resources do not only include materials and buildings but the employees themselves. With respect to human rights and upholding dignity, no owner or co-employee of any position has the right to demand more than the job description. On the other hand, the company must make sure that rules are explained well with the consequences. As employees, they must avoid these common conditions:
Employees who have respect for their organization and co-workers will avoid such practices as:
a) Padding of labor charges and expense accounts
b) Personal long distance phone calls on company accounts
c) Untidy work areas, break areas and rest rooms
d) Taking office supplies home
e) Excessive breaks or sick days
f) Improper use of copy machines and computer equipment. Read the full story here.
Remember that the employees are the best asset of the company; corporations can change and purchase products but can’t cultivate similar minds together. With the above points that must be emphasized by the company, they should be delivered well and comprehensively trained to gain a win-win situation for both the company and the employee.
• As stated in an article about Proper Use of Company, Customer, and Supplier Resources other points that must be noted by the employees are the following .
Employees must ensure that:
a) Proper measures are taken for the storage and safeguarding of
company data and information to prevent unauthorized access, use, or removal by any means and in any form (electrical, optical, magnetic, or hardcopy) of such data or information.
This emphasizes protecting the company from other tough competitors. Copyright projects, materials, sources, and products are top secret of the companies.
b) Appropriate authorization is obtained before using or accessing software designated as shareware, freeware, or public domain.
Although one is part of a company, he or she is limited when it comes to having an access or full disclosure. This only protects the entire company from leaking information and for the development of the company as a whole.
c) Personal use of computing equipment does not compromise the security or integrity of company information or software.
d) Any actual or suspected misuse of company computing assets must be immediately reported to management and Security.
If not reported immediately, the act is done not only by the direct doers but also by those employees who allow and watch the incident to happen.
There are laws protecting employees, and laws protectecting the company. The Law protects the majority; following does not mean limitation but only expansion of individual and community growth in personal, interpersonal, finance, and economic growth as well.