While the internet allows expanding business and streamlining work processes, it also acts as a gateway to potential dangers for enterprises. The entrepreneurs who underrate the potential dangers of unsupervised internet access at workplace encounter awful outcomes. The internet use of an unmonitored employee on an unprotected network can corrupt the entire network; eradicate critical data, and ultimately devastate company’s ability to conduct business. In this post, we are discussing the potential dangers lurking on the internet and their negative impacts on the businesses.
The act of using company internet connection for non-work-related and personal purposes is termed as Cyber Slacking. Many employees use company time and technologies for using social networking sites, playing games, watching pornography, and doing online shopping. It negatively influences the motivation to work and ultimately brings down productivity level of workers. In short, the Cyber Slacking results in the waste of time, resources, and profits. Given are the statistics of employees’ non-work related internet use.
- Around 30 to 40 percent of internet use at work is for personal or entertainment purposes, according to IDC research.
- The American companies bear an annual loss of $63 billion from internet misuse at the workplace, as reported by Websense Incorporation.
- One in five employees access inappropriate sites at work and 28 percent make gift purchases from their workplace.