Time wasted by employees surfing the Internet in work time is costing companies #2.5 million a year, according to a new survey.
The average employee spends around 30 minutes a day surfing the Internet for non-work related topics, according to the survey carried out by computer security organisation InfoSec.
Around half of the employees are looking up pornographic sites, while 76 per cent of staff are using the Internet to find a new job, claims the survey's findings.
The survey which looked at 191 large, international companies found that 84 per cent of employees were given free rein when it came to Internet access, yet the vast majority abused it.
The survey found that more than eight out of 10 employees spent time searching entertainment and sports material as well as organising financial matters and looking for holiday bargains. Half of those who used the Internet also spent a large amount of time in chat rooms during work time.
Despite filtering systems now being inexpensive or free, the survey found that two thirds of companies had not installed them. Over half the companies had no policy for policing external emails, leaving them vulnerable to viruses such as the recent Melissa virus.
The survey concluded that whilst the Internet and email access is meant to speed up global communications for companies, in reality it is slowing it down.
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