Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Workers, Employers and Internet Use at Work

It’s no secret that employees use the internet for personal reasons. But when their web activities spill into their work time, employers put their foot down. CareerBuilder.com recently conducted a survey which concluded that internet use for non-work purposes is on the rise. This in turn has led employers to tighten their internet policies.

CareerBuilder’s survey found that 34% of workers will spend one hour or more online shopping during the holiday season, 16% will spend 2 or more hours shopping and 4% will log 5 or more hours browsing deals online.

Shopping isn’t the only activity workers use their internet time for either. Sixty five percent of workers conduct non-work related searches during their workday, while 22% conduct those searches at least 5 times a day.

Social networking sites are another internet time waster at work as 56% of workers check their profiles while at work.

This trend has led employers to revise their internet policies. Fifty four percent of employers report blocking employees from accessing certain websites and 50% of U.S. companies monitor Internet and email use of employees. Some companies are even doling out harsher punishments for violating their policies. More than 20% of employers have fired someone for using the internet at work for personal reasons.

With the approach of the New Year, now is a great time to review and revise your company’s internet policy, especially with the use of internet for personal reasons at work on the rise.

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