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Chapter 1. Beware Potential Perils > Productivity Is Lost When Cyber-Slackers L...

Productivity Is Lost When Cyber-Slackers Log On

Are you guilty of using the organization’s e-mail system to send personal messages to family, friends and others? If so, you may be in violation of your employer’s e-mail policy. Although 39% of employers allow employees full and unrestricted use of office e-mail, 24% ban all personal use of the office e-mail system. And 4% restrict personal e-mail to communications with immediate family. It is no surprise, then, that 46% of employers engage in e-mail and Internet monitoring as a way to gauge employee productivity.[13]

[13] American Management Association, 2001 Survey of Electronic Policies and Practices.

Real-Life E-Disaster

Together, e-mail and Internet abuse take a costly toll on workplace productivity. Nationally, business is estimated to have lost $500 million in workplace productivity in 1999, when Congress released the Starr Report and President Clinton’s video deposition over the Internet. Some 13.5 million workers slacked off and logged on to see what the president, Monica Lewinsky, and independent counsel Kenneth Starr had to say about the relationship between the commander-in-chief and the intern.[14]


[14] NetPartners Internet Solutions, “1999 CSI/FBI Computer Crime and Security Survey,” Computer Security Issues & Trends 5, no. 1 (Winter 1999): 7.


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