Why You Should Be Concerned
While it’s not uncommon for employees to waste a bit of work time on relatively harmless activities, such as shopping or visiting a favorite sports site, times have changed; employers are learning the hard way that employee use or abuse of a company’s Internet system can lead to significant liability and time wasted if not monitored.
For example, one media report shared that a business owner had received a panicked phone call from the office while traveling. The police had shown up and arrested one of their staff for soliciting a minor online. Since he was doing this during work hours from the office, that’s where the police showed up to arrest him – clearly a PR nightmare. And stories like this are happening EVERYWHERE.
Then there’s the wasted time. Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook are addictive. If your employees are constantly “plugged in” to those sites, they won’t be nearly as productive at work as they should be.
Protecting your company requires two simple steps at a minimum.
The first is to have a written-company policy that details what employees can and can’t do with company resources or during company hours.
Next, you’ll want to have a content-filtering system in place that will enforce your policy by automatically “policing” your company’s email and Internet usage, blocking sites and content you don’t want your employees to access without hindering their ability to work online.