Internet gambling abuse tops ‘banned’ list at work
By paul
Internet gambling comes top of a list of banned online activities in the workplace, according to a survey by research firm IRS. Online gambling was neck and neck with ‘emails denigrating colleagues’ as the top banned activity, on 63%. The next most-banned activity was accessing email services such as Hotmail and Yahoo, on 46%.

Another recent poll of HR managers conducted by Croner said Only 15% of firms have no online usage policy for employees. The Croner survey said 85% of organisations now an Internet policy, but only 42% say they monitor use strictly. 38% said they trust staff to not abuse the Internet on work time (fools!).

Croner’s Richard Smith, said: ‘Internet access is now commonplace in our workplaces and has become an essential part of the way we work. However, it offers a host of distractions, not to mention the temptation of popular sites such as Hotmail, eBay and Amazon.

‘While the survey shows that most organisations have some sort of internet policy, if it's not enforced then it may as well not exist,’ he said.

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