Friday 11 January 2013
As businesses look to maximise productivity levels, they may need to keep tabs on their employees' computer usage.
Research conducted by sunshine.co.uk has shed light on some of the dubious habits of UK employees in the workplace - such as browsing the internet when they are meant to be working.
The firm found that 21 per cent of workers booked their last holiday in the office, and in 96 per cent of cases, their manager or boss was not aware what they were doing.
Chris Clarkson, co-founder of sunshine.co.uk, said it was "a big surprise" to see so many holidays being booked by people on 'company time'.
“We’ve always wondered if the bookings we receive in what would typically be working hours were made by people at home or those at work who were supposed to be doing what they were paid for," he noted.
"Clearly, employees in the UK are taking liberties when it comes to their working hours and the access they have to the internet," Mr Clarkson added.
Employers need to tread carefully when formulating policies on employee internet use in the workplace.
While they need to ensure employees are being productive, they also do not want to risk appearing heavy-handed - something which may have a damaging effect on people's morale.
Disenchanted workers - who are banned from any personal browsing - may be less motivated, and as a consequence less productive than those who may do so with permission at certain times.
Posted by Sarah Parish