Law Practice Management and Technology

The Bottom Line Volume 36, No 4, December 2015

MCLE Self-Study Article There’s A Thief In Your Office: The Hidden Cost of Non-Business-Related Internet Use and Texting

By Neil Pedersen, Esq.

This article is posted in our self-study catalog.
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You have a thief running around in your law firm. That thief is stealing money from you. It is costing you money in the form of lost productivity of your workforce. It is increasing your expenses associated with cleaning up malware and other intrusions into your network and other electronic devices. It is fomenting liability claims for inappropriate content being disseminated within the workplace by offended personnel. This thief doesn’t wear a ski mask, use a weapon, or break in at night. The thief? Your employees using their office equipment and their smart phones for non-business purposes during business hours.

Payroll is always one of the largest expenses we incur in our business. One of the challenges we face as owners and operators of our legal businesses is to maximize the value of that payroll expense. Maximized employee productivity allows us to get our maximum "bang for the buck" as the saying goes.

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