Infographic: Shopping on the Job


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This infographic was submitted to us by ISACA, who included this description:

“This infographic compares IT managers/departments attitude towards BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), the riskiest activity an employee can do with company property (laptop, blackberry, etc) and employee use of corporate assets and time for work/life balance across 6 regions:

• North America
• Latin America
• Europe
• Asia
• Africa
• Oceania

ISACA is a non-profit global IT organization that provides education, certification and guidance to its IT professionals member base.”

There is an interesting comparison of office politics around the world here. I also appreciate that the IG is 100% data viz. There is no extraneous text, the information is concise and relevant, and the organization is quite simple.

I think it actually borders on too little text–without the description provided outside of the IG, the viewer may have no immediate way of knowing what ISACA does. That provides a necessary background for properly appreciating the information. The lack of text also makes some of the data confusing. I could use an extra few words telling me what the percentages on the highest-risk employee activity mean. Is that the percentage of employers who agree that losing/misplacing a work-supplied device is the highest-risk activity? Is it the number of businesses who experienced a lost or misplaced work-supplied device? Data that isn’t properly explained is just as ineffective as data that isn’t visualized.

It’s also a bit confusing that for each question, the responses are not the same. The second statistic about personal use is clear, because all the percentages represent “allow to promote work-life balance.” But the color-coding/varying answers on other questions is not so accessible. I puzzled over why, for example, we couldn’t see all the numbers for regions that saw more employee online shopping. Why do some have to show only the “more” numbers, while others show only the “about the same” numbers? If, say, only 12% of employers in North America saw a rise in employee online shopping, I’d like to see that compared with other “more” responses. The data seems harder to follow this way.

Overall I’d give this IG a B-. Just a bit more explanation would provide so much more clarity, making this infographic concise and effective.

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