- Leaving work-in-progress all over their desks and screens, not just while they are actively working on it but while they go to coffee or lunch;
- Leaving desks, filing cabinets, and even safes open;
- Chatting merrily away to each other on on the phone about sensitive personal or commercial matters, with no regard to who else might be listening;
- Leaving personal stuff (mobile phones, PDAs, USB sticks, wallets/purses, home keys etc.) unattended on the desk ...
Exposing such large amounts of valuable commercially- and personally-confidential to risk represents a substantial vulnerability to industrial espionage, sabotage, information theft, privacy, health-and-safety and more. Individually, these are mostly rather trivial issues. Collectively, however, a the risk accumulates if these matters are not brought to management's attention and proactively addressed, on an ongoing basis. The clear-desk/clear-screen policy, for example, can make a big difference but only if managers take the trouble to drive up compliance, including setting a good example themselves.