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If you are employed at a business, is it O.K. to use the company's telephone, Internet service, copy machine, etc. as long as it doesn't cost the company anything?

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 ---sag on 3/25/08
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The Word says to avoid the appearance of evil(wrongdoing).

The other issue is that if you work for a company they are probably watching you. Every keystroke, every website, is monitored. They may not say anything, but should the need arise it will be used against you. Companies view personal activity as theft, of their time and money.
---dan on 4/1/08


Well, the appropriate (or inappropriate) use of time is seprate (and important) issue.

But how about about making personal phone calls, or surfing the internet, or any other similar activity, on your own time (such as on a break, lunch, or after work)?

In such cases, you're using the company's resources (which are already paid for, and cost the company nothing more), and you're also not wasting time that the company has paid you for.
---StrongAxe on 3/31/08

StrongAxe ... It is wasting the comany's time, and the wage they pay for your work
---alan_of_UK on 3/29/08


If a company pays a flat rate for their telephones, they pay the same amount whether or not you make a personal call. So, your making a call costs them NOTHING.

Other resources have such a minimal impact, that they are insignificant compared to the total cost, so it isn't practical to micromanage them. (For example, if you plug in coffee pot or radio, those use power, but most employers won't care.)
---StrongAxe on 3/28/08

"...really don't cost the company anything (for example, if they pay..."

Say what? If they are paying, it's costing!
---sue on 3/28/08

It seems that if you are hired to do a job for someone the least of the concerns is the misuse of that companies resources, but the theft of time from that employer. You have exchanged your time for their money. If you do not give them a full measure of your time you are in fact stealing.
---dan on 3/28/08

Some resources really don't cost the company anything (for example, if they pay flat rate for phones and internet). Some are just absorbed in overhead (power, water, etc.)
Some things cost too little to worry about (using a company pen to write a note).

But if you're not sure about anything, it's best to ask your boss, or the people in your human resources department. They should set you clear on just what your company's policies are.
---StrongAxe on 3/27/08

If you talk about your boss behind their back on a website or in the office, I can see why they would move you to a corner.
This only lasts for awhile before disloyalty in any form, gossiping about the boss will get you fired.
---MarkS on 3/27/08

Last post: I also found out today that my former boss has been approving twelve hundred dollar liquor bills for one of his people and approved $96 for two cigars. I heard he's being questioned WHY he approved these. I feel in my spirit God delivered me out of a bad situation because my former boss may very well get fired - he lost not only me, but 4 others in his dept. I will pray for his salvation.
---Donna on 3/27/08

Susie, I believe you are correct. However, I have been praying and asking God to open up a door for me to leave but to find something else first.
Instead, God gave me the most wonderful manager who told my former manager, "no, she can't help you with your stuff anymore, she's over here now and we want her doing our work, not yours." I am with women now that I absolutely adore and I'm back sitting on Executive Row. Everyone is saying give it time, my boss is new to the company.
---Donna on 3/27/08

sag, how would it NOT cost the company? I don't get it. Using a telephone cost money, using a copy machine certainly cost money for paper and electrity and copy ink, the internet cost a lot of money. So what do you mean?
---suwe on 3/27/08

Donna...From your other posts regarding your job, I would say that they are making it so that you will leave. I have known several bosses who didn't ever have to fire anyone because they knew how to make it so that the employee with whom they were unhappy would quit. I believe this is happening to you.
---Susie on 3/26/08

Before I retired, I had worked for companies who were more than happy to provide copy services whenever we needed to make copies for our prison, jail or homeless services. Some of them even donated to our holiday gift bags for the homeless. However, I would never use a company's resources without their knowledge as that would not be Christian.
---Susie on 3/26/08

Is it necessary? Using the company phone to make a quick call home is usually ok. Long chats are not.

Likewise, using the internet for info you'll need right after work is usually ok--most places have unlimited internet. Just do it on break.

But I wouldn't use the copier for more than a page or two unless I had permission--or, if permission isn't necessary, unless I chipped in with a ream of paper now and again.
---Nancy on 3/26/08


I have been in your situation before, and like you, I felt bad not having anything to do.

I looked into how I could improve something. Once I found what needed improving, I identified how I could do that and discussed it with my boss. He approved my idea.

My idea helped save the company money in the long run. Both my boss, and myself, were satisfied.

Maybe you could help your company in a similar way.

---sag on 3/26/08

Are you using these things for your personal business?

If so, then Come-on Sag uses some common since? Are you looking for an excuse to do these things or the truth of the matter? There is no excuse for doing these things without permission. Whether you understand it or not, the purposes of these things are for company business on company time and there is always a cost, the ink for copy machines is not free?

The honest thing to do is to ask your employer for permission.
---Shawn.M.T on 3/26/08

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Post 1 of 2: I have a slightly different question that maybe you folks can help me out with. I work full-time and I love to be busy at work and have many different tasks to do. However, I just got put into another job because they needed someone over here. I have nothing to do and it's driving me crazy. I have told my new boss I want to be busy but he still hasn't given me anything to do so I sit here all day almost crying because I want to go back to my old job, but can't.
---Donna on 3/26/08

Post 2 of 2:
They only needed one Assistant over there. I come here to this site, I read the bible on the internet, etc., but I come to work to work. I've already spoken to my boss about it and have already asked others if they have anything for me to do and they don't. I am in tears everyday with nothing to do and they are paying me a decent salary. They feel they need me here, but I have nothing to do all day and it's driving me crazy. Any advice?
---Donna on 3/26/08

The use of these items might not cost your employer any money if you stay and use them in your own time but if you are referring to using these items in the hours that you are paid to work then it is costing him your wages and he is not getting the service he pays for. Most companies have rules about these things, just check them out and keep on the right side of things.
---RitaH on 3/26/08

Most companies have policies governing the responsible use of company assets and resources. Some companies are more liberal then others on the non-business use of these resources by employees. Find out what the policy is and insure you conform to it.
---notlaw99 on 3/25/08

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