If you are busy updating social networks, chatting with friends and family, playing games or shopping online, then you are not focused on the work before you. Production suffers without an Internet use policy that prohibits unnecessary surfing. The policy spells out the employer’s expectations from employees. If you fail to abide by the policy, your employer has every right to fire you and find someone who will.
The cost of Internet misuse takes the form of paying employees for time that was spent on non-work-related activities, the cost of installing and updating protection against viruses and hackers, the cost of providing Internet access and the equipment to use it. Beyond these daily costs are the costs when something does go wrong. If a hacker brings down the system or steals a database of customer credit card numbers, it can take the company months and millions of dollars to fully recover from the attack.
Unauthorized Internet access for the purpose of gambling on the job or surfing website with sexually explicit content can lead to lawsuits that cost the company millions. If a someone walks by and sees you looking at inappropriate websites, the company can be sued for sexual harassment or discrimination for allowing employees access to objectionable content. A workplace policy limiting the use of company assess, such as computer and Internet access, can protect the company from these lawsuits.
If you need assistance with your workplace Internet Use Policy or other Human Resource solutions, give our offices a call at 713-999-1205.
Nicole Bellow, Sr. HR Consultant
Smarter HR Solutions, LLC