Getting to grips with internet abuse

Jan 25 2005 by Brian Amble Print This Article

Over half (56 per cent) of HR professionals in Britain have purchased web monitoring software to help combat employee abuse of the internet while a further 22 per cent are considering purchasing such a system.

But the figures from Softworld HR & Payroll also found that concern about internet abuse does not seem to have stemmed organisations' adoption of mobile working strategies.

More than four out of ten (44 per cent) of respondents have implemented mobile working strategies and almost a quarter (22 per cent) are considering their organisation's response to mobile working.

Meanwhile, two-thirds have taken steps towards implementing polices designed to combat stress in the workplace, which include mobile and flexible working policies.

Liz Wood, Softworld Portfolio Director, said that IT security and employee productivity were now the major concerns when considering internet use.

"The Web is now an integral part of most business environments so HR professionals are left with a balancing act: overseeing employees on the one hand while offering workforces the freedom to work in a way that increases their productivity and commitment on the other.

This research suggests that many professionals are looking at these issues and are hitting that balance."