When it comes to e-mail activities while on the job, employees should understand that time on the job should not be spent dilly-dallying at Web sites or sending/forwarding non-business related e-mails to friends or co-workers.
Employees should also understand, (hopefully because it has been advised to them in a written e-mail policy) that when on company time there should be no assumption of privacy when it comes to their online activities. It is smart business for any business owner to keep tabs on what their employees are up to on and off-line while on company time. For productivity, liability and legal reasons alike.
In a recent study:
- 76% of American businesses monitor worker’s online activities
- 65% of employers are using software to block access to certain Web sites
- 55% retain and review e-mail messages
- 50% store and review computer files
- 26% have fired workers for misuse of the Internet
How do you use your employer’s online resources? Start with my Business E-mail Basics.