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Misuse of resources
Handle IOM resources with care
Handle IOM resources with care

IOM defines the misuse of IOM resources as using official property, assets, equipment or files, including electronic files or data, for private benefit or in way that is detrimental to the organization, including prohibited use of ICT resources.

This means that you should not use work property for personal activities and benefit. Data is also considered an IOM resource and it cannot be shared or exploited for personal profit. This includes use of technologies that might create a conflict of interest, damage IOM’s reputation, or allow illegal activity.

Misuse of resources involves the use of official property for personal gain.

Examples include:

  • Transferring or disclosing internal, confidential IOM information and data
  • Maliciously destroying a computer’s security protection settings (for example, anti-virus scans)
  • Accessing, viewing, storing, or sharing sexually explicit images, text, cartoons, jokes, or any other form of sexually explicit material, or failing to immediately delete such material if received
  • Unauthorised use of IOM Vehicle

The list above is not exhaustive –similar inappropriate actions are also considered misconduct. Learn more about misuse of IOM resources in IN/123 Rev. 1 (ICT Policies and Guidelines).

Here are Misuse of Resources cases at IOM that resulted in disciplinary measures:

  •  Staff member used IOM IT equipment to access, view, store and transmit sexually explicit photographs and videos.
  • Staff member transferred operational cash advances without proper authorization to the private bank account of another staff member, who misappropriated the cash.
  • Staff member drove IOM vehicles after driver’s license validity had lapsed.
  • Staff member drove an IOM vehicle under alcohol intoxication, while on duty, and carried unauthorized individuals in an IOM vehicle.

IOM understands that reporting is done in good faith. You might not always be sure if you have witnessed misconduct, but if something feels wrong, it probably is. Report!

Last updated: 12 November 2019
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