The Internet has become a necessary tool in the workplace, however, giving employees unlimited access to the web is debatable.
Having employees spend a significant amount of their time on Facebook, online shopping and chat programs is bound to affect productivity. This can put a strain on corporate bandwidth usage, not to mention the potential for increased risks of malware attacks on the corporate network.
Research by IDC shows that up to 40% of employee Internet activity is non-work related, costing employees thousands of dollars in lost employee productivity and increased exposure to outside attacks of the corporate network.
So how do employees address the consequences of non-work related browsing?
Restricting Internet access can create a repressive work environment, damaging employee confidence and morale. Instead a more flexible approach could be considered.
A popular solution to this dilemma is to allow Internet access but block inappropriate sites. This can be a daunting task, however, the BrowseControl URL Category Filtering offers an efficient and straight forward means of instantly blocking unauthorized sites. Consisting of over 100 URL categories, which cover thousands of domains.
Category Filtering empowers employees to easily block offensive web content. Through a user friendly central Console, administrators can instantly implement Internet restriction policies, affording greater control of Internet access, enterprise wide. By simply selecting the desired categories to be blocked, users are immediately blocked from thousands of offensive websites.
Implementing Internet Usage Policies can effectively improve employee productivity without being overly intrusive to employees.