Most Companies Have Internet Use Policies in Place, Survey Shows

Apr 10, 2007

MENLO PARK, CA -- Businesses are becoming increasingly sophisticated about managing employee Internet use at work, a new survey shows.  More than three-quarters (78 percent) of chief information officers (CIOs) polled recently said their company has either installed content-filtering or blocking software, instituted policies that detail acceptable web browsing, or done a combination of both.

The national poll includes responses from more than 1,400 CIOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with 100 or more employees.  It was conducted by an independent research firm and developed by Robert Half Technology, a leading provider of information technology professionals on a project and full-time basis.

CIOs were asked, “Which of the following best describes your company’s policy regarding employee access to the Web?

Corporate policy is combined with software that blocks certain
       content from employees
We have a corporate policy that details acceptable web
       browsing by employees
We installed software limiting sites and content that can be
       accessed by employees
No policies are in place to limit web browsing by employees   17%
Employees do not have web access   4%
Other/don't know       1%

CIOs also were asked, “Which of the following are reasons for your company’s policies limiting employees’ web browsing?”  Their responses*:

To prevent employees from accessing inappropriate content at work   75%
To prevent virus attacks, installation of malware, etc.   71%
To keep employees from wasting time at work   62%
Other/don't know   3%
*Multiple responses were allowed.    

“All companies should have a corporate policy in place that outlines acceptable web use by employees,” said Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of Robert Half Technology.  “Communicating and explaining web access policies, along with the risks associated with web browsing, helps employees understand why these guidelines are in place.”

Lee noted that it is crucial to inform new staff of expectations from day one.  “Including web access policies in new-hire training and restating the information on the company intranet or in internal newsletters, for example, reinforces this message.”

With more than 100 locations in North America, Europe and Asia, Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of technology professionals for initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration to network security and technical support.  Robert Half Technology offers online job search services at www.rht.com.

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