A growing number of businesses issue laptops to their employees instead of, or in addition to, a desktop computer. Many laptops offer the same capability as desktop computers, and the added flexibility of having a company laptop means employees can be productive at work, home, and on the road.
But what about personal use when you are off the clock?
The added flexibility of having a company laptop brings up certain issues. Having a state of the art laptop is tempting for many people, especially when you are stuck at a hotel or airport while on a business trip. Should employees be able to use their company laptop for personal use, or should it be strictly forbidden?
There are obvious pros and cons that businesses must consider, including legal ramifications, viruses and spyware, and other issues.
So here is the question I am asking you today: Is it ethical to use your business computer for personal use when you are off the clock?
I’d love to read your opinions.