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Watch out for what your staff are watching...

In a change from the blanket coverage of the Olympics, my eye was caught by a (US) survey that sought to find out how much time employees waste visiting personal websites that aren't work-related during the day.

Of the people surveyed, 64% said they visit non-work related websites every day during work hours.

39% of the people said they spend only 1 hour a week or less on non-work related items.

29% spent up to 2 hours a week and 21% who waste up to 5 hours.

Most people spend time checking their personal email, visiting news sites, performing Google searches, monitoring social media and shopping online. Men are at it though more than women 69% against 62%.

About a third of employers block personal websites, but 60% of the people surveyed said they would simply use their own smartphones, tablets and laptops to access personal websites during work hours.

Over here the disability charity Mencap, among others has told its staff they cannot stream the Olympic Games through their computers because it will play havoc with their bandwidth capacity.

However, the charity has set up a large screen in its canteen so that people can watch the Games via the TV network, without disrupting the company's internet connection.

Of course nothing like this could happen in a dental practice, could it? But a cautionary tale has also emerged.

A 50 year old woman, described as a married and churchgoing mother, has been awarded £20,000 for wrongful dismissal. She had been wrongly accused of watching porn in her workplace.

She had been employed as a finance manager at a dental laboratory in Oldham Lancashire. It was pointed out at the tribunal that anyone there could have had access to her PC which could also have been ‘infected' by malware.

The moral for employers must be to think twice before you accuse an employee of watching what they shouldn't.

 Posted on : Fri 10th - Aug - 2012

 

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