Personal computers and the workplace
Lately, the line between personal device and work computer has begun to blur.
With a vast array of mobile options available, people are increasingly bringing their personally owned technology into the workplace.
For those who do, separating personal files and work information is essential. Otherwise, those using their personal laptops, netbooks or tablet computers for work risk sending an embarrassing photo or document to their employees when they meant to send a report or other work-related file.
Drawing the line between personal and work information is relatively simple. Folders stored on laptops, netbooks and tablets can all be clearly labeled, to give a user an idea of which information they are dealing with.
Another, potentially more productive, option is to store all work-related information in a cloud service. These storage methods, such as Google Apps and Apple's new iCloud service, are accessible by any internet-connected device. That means employees can still produce an important document even if they forgot to bring the personally owned device they originally created it on.
The trend to incorporate personal technology into the workday is likely to pick up steam as even more high-powered portable computers become available. As it does, users should be sure to remember where the workday ends and their personal life begins.