Most of us are not averse to a little private Net surfing at work. We wouldn't be human if we didn't.
But Graham Taylor, senior vice president at analyst firm Inteco, wants to put a stop to that. His company has produced a report about rules on Internet access in companies across Europe. The survey claims that staff have too much freedom on the Web.
In the UK, only 6 per cent of employees who use the Net said their company had no policy at all, and a further 15 per cent claimed they weren't aware of one.
Taylor's view is that companies need to make rules for staff using the Internet at work for private purposes. 'Even though UK businesses are taking the lead,' he said, 'the policies in place aren't restrictive and must be tightened up to prevent productivity suffering further.'
But Taylor's advice seems a little draconian. The Net is just a tool, and is no more susceptible to misuse than any other. So companies should stop trying to spoil their employees' fun - provided they're not doing anything illegal.
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