Benefits of Employee Web Surfing Habits Monitoring
In his article “Workplace e-mail and Internet use: employees and employers beware”, Judge Charles J. Muhl, earlier employed at the U.S. Department of Labor, states that on the one hand all the recent technological developments have benefited both employees and employers in accomplishing their working and business goals, but on the other hand “the Internet and e-mail also have given employees a new means of escaping briefly from long days at the office”.
The statement is so true: nowadays it is impossible to perform most office responsibilities without the Internet access, but all the web fun is also one click away from the working routine!
“Internet is #1 tool in the offices today.“
“Employees often use the Internet for personal needs.“
In order to preserve business-related focus of the employees, managers perform employee web surfing habits monitoring, which is tracking and analyzing the Internet activities of employees during the working day.
Web Distractions Trends
Recent surveys have revealed employees use the Internet for non-work-related purposes on a daily basis. They socialize via Facebook, post pics via Instagram, browse Twitter for celebrities’ posts, and some even look for a new job via LinkedIn or other sites during their paid working hours. No wonder, the widespread trend of web surfing for personal needs hinders businesses’ productivity.
“Web surfing for personal needs hinders productivity.“
“Some employers tolerate personal Internet activities for the sake of employee responsibilities’ breaks.“
Of course, most employers are aware of the occasional Internet for non-business purposes usage by their employees; moreover, some managers even tolerate such activities for the sake of employee responsibilities’ breaks, during which the relaxed staff reads news from the web, orders pizzas online, browses the web searching holiday presents, etc. It is not about whether managers are aware or not, but the question is how to use this knowledge for the company’s benefits?
The Benefits of Employee Web Surfing Habits Monitoring
It appears to be widely beneficial to monitor employees’ web surfing habits, as it provides employers with lots of useful information that may facilitate business productivity increase as the result. In particular, there are some strategies managers apply on the basis of employee web surfing habits awareness:
• Blocking unwanted and non-business-related websites used by the staff;
• Scheduling meetings for the hours mostly wasted on web distractions;
• Securing corporate computers from possible viruses gained through online malware;
• Rewarding employees able to resist world wide web attractions.
“Web Surfing Habits Monitoring allows managers to plan strategies for better employees’ performance.“
It assists the monitoring process when employees are aware of the corporate policy not to waste their productive time for personal matters. Transparent monitoring of the patterns employees behave during their working hours is the type of corporate management technique that might root out possible misbehavior and relevant productivity loses.
WorkTime Offers Web Surfing Behavioral Monitoring
To monitor the working habits of employees, WorkTime, an employee monitoring software, developed by NesterSoft Inc., has recently launched its new set of behavioral analysis reports. The reports provide data on the patterns employees behave during the working days, namely on personal/work Internet use habits, wasted time habits, etc. It is easy to implement the reports to retrieve the information on employee web surfing habits, the analysis of which creates long-term employee value, an important element of corporate sustainability.
(For further information please refer to Employees Web Surfing Habits Report)