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European Employees Hitting Any Key For An Upgrade

Company budgets have been tight in this recession, and technology purchases are fewer and farther between. For employees, it means using a heavy, outdated and awkward laptop or PC.

But European employees are finding a way around their employers' reluctance to invest in new technologies: Destroy the old gadgets and wait for the IT department to replace them with something sleek, slick and much faster. Goodbye, 2006 and hello, 2011!

A new Mozy survey of 600 IT managers and 3,000 British, German and French employees finds more than one-quarter of these employees think the quickest way of upgrading their old laptops and mobile phones is to damage them beyond repair. Sorry boss! I didn't mean to spill my coffee into the laptop keyboard; it just sort of happened. Oops. May I have an iPad now?

Unfortunately, the survey doesn't measure the "smash and grab" tech tactics of U.S. workers, making it an area ripe for research. But given the study results, U.S. managers might want to pay closer attention. Chances are, the IT department has a few stories to tell.

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