I made a serious office blunder today. I didn't realize that the live meeting(the topic we were discussing on had long ended) on and i was sharing my desktop with a collegue. Since it was lunch break i opened up goolge and was browsing on a streamy scene from novel. I opened up a site and was reading through it (and it had some pretty streamy stuff and i didn't know that before hand)before i realised my mistake. I am not sure if my collegue was looking into the live meeting or not. I immediately closed it.
Now I am scared to hell. Will he complain to someone. And what he must be thinking of me. I feel miserable.
Meh, everyone makes mistakes. You learn from them, then laugh them off. For that matter, everyone has a sex drive (assuming that you meant "steamy" and not "streamy"), but it is embarrassing when that's demonstrated in an office setting. That's why those things are labeled NSFW, "Not Safe For Work". That's what it means.
I wouldn't worry about it. I doubt any direct co-worker would care, unless they don't like you. I doubt you would be comfortable about sharing your desktop with a colleague that didn't like you (people usually pick up on this).
I don't mean to be a downer, but at many companies, sharing your desktop with a colleague is like leaving the blinds up on two bathroom windows rather than one. The IT department likely logs all your web access, and they know what you're looking at. What methods they use to analyze those logs and what standards they apply varies widely, of course, but even if you're not sharing your desktop, chances are excellent that other folks already know about your softcore porn novel addiction!
Ernest Friedman-Hill wrote:The IT department likely logs all your web access, and they know what you're looking at.
At every company that I work for, and at all of the ones that I've started, the rules have been the same: any computer provided to the employee is for work. You have no "expectation of privacy" when using a company provided computer, and none when using any other IT infrastructure provided by the company.
Officially, the computer and tools are to be used for work. In practice, some minor personal use is fine. Your boss should have other ways to tell if you are spending all your work time on personal stuff.
That said, I would not be in a big panic about this one case.