Cyber slackers, MySpace junkies, and chat gossips beware. Monitoring employee
has become standard practice in the workplace.
And for good reason. Companies that don't monitor online activity put
their organizations at risk. Inappropriate web surfing, offensive emails
and worse can lead to costly lawsuits ranging from hostile work
environments to sexual harassment cases - not to mention losses
resulting from trade secret theft.
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27% of businesses monitor employees' computers?
Employers have found one of the best ways to protect themselves against
misuse of company networks is to monitor employee computer use. This
means that many companies are starting to hire CIOs whose sole mission
is to monitor
, chats and Internet use.
Not all Chief Information Officers are entirely comfortable with
monitoring employee electronic communications, especially if a worker is
also a friend, but it's become a necessity in today's digital world.
reports that workplace computer monitoring
has become standard practice. More than three-fourths of businesses
monitor employees' computers. That's a 27% increase since 2001. And 65%
of organizations use Internet filter software to block websites.
Companies vary as to how strict they are when it comes to blocking the
Internet. Some employers use content filtering to block adult sites,
gambling and violent materials. Other companies block Internet use
completely and believe that employees should never use the Internet at work.
The degree of Internet filtering often depends on one's job duties.
Employees doing research need full access to the web, but front-line
employees may not need online access on the job.
In an ideal world, employees would show common sense when given access
to the Internet at work. But the reality of on-the-job Internet use is
less than perfect. One CIO found that 5% of employees visited sites that
were completely inappropriate, and 20% looked at sites that were
The bottom line is, the best insurance against cyber mishaps is to
explicitly communicate a clear company policy on computer usage backed
up by computer surveillance software.
A word of caution to employers: use Internet filtering that's suitable
for the employees in question. According to Manny Avramidid, Senior Vice
President for Global Resources at American Management Association,
Internet surfing for highly skilled or hard-to-find employees is a perk.
So while monitoring employee computer use is standard practice, over
may not always be in a company's best interest if
keeping employees happy is a priority.
WebWatcher employee monitoring software solves this problem because it
gives employers the power to use website filtering as much or as little
as they choose. Even if Internet blocking isn't activated, all computer
activity is recorded. Screenshots are taken when questionable activities
occur all the recorded data is organized so that companies don't have to
spend a lot of time searching through harmless employee files.
Monitoring employee computers doesn't have to be complex, and
easy-to-use monitoring software like WebWatcher is an excellent way for
companies to protect themselves.
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