What is considered bad behavior

Bad videoconferencing behavior

It is normal for the corporate dress code to be ignored in video conferences. But beyond that, real abysses are opening up, as the startup Behavox, which works with AI data, claims in its report "Enterprise Conduct and Risk". 3,000 people from the USA, Great Britain and Canada were asked about their experience of working from home and how this affects the level of stress and misconduct in companies.

Here is an overview of all the unusual, inappropriate or disrespectful behavior observed during video calls: Almost one in five (19%) of those surveyed stated that they saw inappropriate clothing during video conferences. 9% see people with missing clothing: and 6% report seeing completely naked people. One in 25 even stated that they saw naked or partially naked people in passing or in the background of video meetings. Sexual harassment appears to be widespread and is reported by 93 percent of respondents.

Almost one in ten (9%) reports having seen offensive, racist or politically incorrect objects from colleagues. 2% reported seeing people using illegal drugs. Other forms of inappropriate behavior include profanity (10%), bullying (8%), racism or racial slurs (7%).

There are darker effects of wrongdoing, some of which is criminal. One in ten (9%) Americans are “perfectly sure” that colleagues in their company watch child pornography through their work channels, while one in ten (11%) is “completely certain” that pedophiles work for the company.

In the US, nearly one in three (29%) of respondents believe that employees watch adult pornography through work channels, while nearly one in three (30%) believe that racial slurs are used in work communication.

In addition to these significant emotional and productivity risks for employees, there are also serious security challenges to the integrity of corporate data and business operations.

Employees observe others intentionally violating company security policies (19 percent) and have seen employees steal company data (16 percent in the US, 8 percent overall). Almost a sixth know colleagues who have deliberately introduced a security threat to sabotage the company (16 percent). 7% of respondents admit that they tried to hijack neighbors' Wi-Fi connections. In the United States, the percentage is much higher (16%).