Employers' Attitude to Staff Going Online

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Only 56 per cent of employers are currently aware of how much time their employees spend on the Internet, despite recent reports of employees using the Internet inappropriately at work, according to new research by Star Internet.

The research into attitudes towards Internet usage also showed that one in every three employers actively encourage their staff to use the Internet for leisure within the office, indicating that working attitudes towards the web are more lenient than previously thought.

The fact that the Internet enables users to carry out personal tasks such as shopping and booking holidays more quickly than if they left the office is one reason why it might be encouraged at work.

Jos White, founder and marketing director at Star Internet, said: 'The Internet is an essential tool for maximising business processes and productivity, as well as being something which people turn to for recreation and leisure.

'Many employers feel that strict policing of Internet usage is not conducive to a positive working environment, and a third actually promote non-work usage. …