Canadian Employees Treat Office Printers as Their Own

June 18, 2008 ( - The majority of Canadians who work in offices abuse the workplace printer, according to a survey conducted by Angus Reid Strategies on behalf of Samsung Electronics.

Sixty percent of employees reported sending personal print jobs amid office memos and expense reports, Angus Reid said in a press release on the survey results. Surprisingly, the individuals most likely to abuse the office printer were those who could best afford their own – 67% of respondents who lived in households that earned an annual salary of $100,000 or more said they used the business printer for personal purposes.

According to the release, personal uses for the office printer cited by respondents included:

  • Maps and directions (59%),
  • Online purchase and bill payment confirmations (40%),
  • Personal emails (39%),
  • News articles (39%),
  • Color photographs (20%), and
  • Resumés(1%).

The survey included 1,004 Canadians and was conducted from May 1-5.