Human resource software can help with a number of HR duties, but for better or for worse, typically HR software doesn’t monitor internet usage by employees. Do you know if your employees are using the internet for non-work related searches, shopping and other activities?
CareerBuilder.com recently completed a study and reported that thirteen percent of workers said they spend one hour or more using the internet each day for non-work related activities. In addition, 59 percent of workers said they typically send non-work emails each day and 16 percent of respondents send six or more during a usual workday.
But employers aren’t sitting back and doing nothing about the issue. Half of employers interviewed said they block employees from accessing certain websites while at work and 21 percent said they have fired someone for using the internet for non-work related activities. The study surveyed more than 2,400 employers and 3,100 employees throughout the country.
Monitoring email and internet use by employees is legal as long as the employer establishes a policy for such activities and effectively communicates it to its workforce.
Does your company’s HR or Information Systems department have a policy or a mechanism in place for non-business related internet usage?