Employee web surfing closely scrutinised

Employee web surfing closely scrutinised

If employees believe they are being watched while on the web, their instincts would be close to spot on, according to survey results from Robert Half Technology.

According to the firm, more than three-quarters (78 percent) of some 1400 CIOs polled say they have either installed content-filtering or blocking software, instituted policies that detail acceptable web browsing or have done a combination of the two.

About 40 percent of CIOs polled reported combining corporate policy with software that blocks certain content from employees. Another 27 percent said they have a corporate policy in place that details acceptable web browsing by employees. Some 14 percent have software installed that limits employee access to specified sites and content, and about 17 percent have no policies in place to limit web browsing by employees. And four percent restrict web access for employees altogether, the survey found.

The reasons behind the policies and content-blocking software include preventing access to inappropriate content for 75 percent and preventing virus attacks and malware downloads for another 71 percent. More than 60 percent want to keep their employees from wasting time at work. Robert Half Technology advises companies to put policies and proper education in place to prevent unacceptable web browsing by employees.

"All companies should have a corporate policy in place that outlines acceptable web use by employees, says Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of Robert Half Technology, in a press release. "Communicating and explaining web access policies, along with the risks associated with web browsing helps employees understand why these guidelines are in place."

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