Report: Password fatigue compromises employee productivity, security and well-being

by | Sep 19, 2022 | Technology

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Logging in –- often considered one of the most mundane, yet essential aspects of work — has become a thorn in employees’ sides. The process is often overly complicated, disruptive, and frustrating to employees, ultimately putting important data and information at risk as employees succumb to password fatigue.

This is the conclusion of a new report by 1Password, which found that 43% of employees admit to sharing logins, delegating tasks to others, and even avoiding their work altogether to eliminate the headache of logging in –- dangerous behaviors that threaten the security of their organizations.

The report, which surveyed 2,000 North American adults who worked full-time primarily at a computer, finds that complex login procedures can waste time and stifle productivity: more than a quarter of respondents (26%) have just given up on doing something because of the hassle of logging in, and 38% have procrastinated, delegated, or skipped setting up security apps due to the burdensome steps required to log in.

Image source: 1Password.Password fatigue is an HR issue as well

Complex logins have kept nearly one in five (19%) workers from accessing employee-provided benefits designed to reduce workplace stress. They’ve skipped open enrollment, forgone requesting time off, and missed employer-provided perks and discount marketplaces because of login challenges.

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