A new survey has revealed worrying figures about the abuse of Internet access in the UK workplace.
Seventy five per cent of IT managers believe that a quarter of employee time spent accessing the Internet is not productive, according to the survey carried out by Web monitoring software supplier Uwsoftware.
The researchers took a random sample of 200 end user companies and questioned them about their Internet habits. Over half the respondents believed that ?personal browsing? on the Net was a major corporate time waster but only a quarter admitted that they had a method of monitoring which sites employees were visiting.
Time wasting may impact productivity, the speed of the network and, if the abuse involves download of offensive material, may have legal and public relations implications. Independent research firm Zona Research found that over 75 per cent of ?hits? to the Playboy magazine Web site came from browsers within Fortune 500 companies!
Uwsoftware has carried out the survey to coincide with the launch of its Uwwebmon Internet monitoring tool. But the results echo a similiar survey carried out earlier this year by Surfcontrol, a new division of JSB Computer Systems. Surfcontrol found that 66 per cent of the managers it surveyed were concerned about the cost of time wasting due to personal use of the Web.
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