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Why do employees use the internet at work?

The internet has become a necessary tool for major businesses. Most businesses use the internet to maintain efficient work processes, manage communications, and eliminate time and space barriers outside the working environment (remote work). And while the internet has undeniably streamlined work processes, it has also played a significant role in distracting employees. These days, many social activities have shifted online so, employees use the internet to socialize instead of performing their work duties during paid hours.

Employees use the internet at the workplace for both work-related and personal needs. The internet has become a great distraction to the work process.

How much time do employees spend on internet activities?

With so many distractions on the internet these days, it’s easy for employees to get carried away. Imagine how much time an employee wastes surfing the web before returning to a task or how often the employee gets distracted by that irrelevant or inappropriate website. More time than you can imagine!

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Employees spend far more time on the internet for personal purposes than they think they do. The amount of time spent on personal internet use at work is greatly underestimated.

Based on our 20+ years of experience as employee monitoring experts and customer feedback, a good percentage of employees abuse internet privileges at work. In one company, employees spent most of their working time on social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Google+). In fact, two of the most widely used weekly reports were “Top 5 social network employees” and “Top personal internet use employees.” Another WorkTime survey shows that at least 90 out of 1,000 (or 0.9 out of 10) salaries are wasted on personal internet activities.

At least 90 out of 1,000 (or 0.9 out of 10) salaries are wasted on personal internet activities.

Some of the many temptations that employees find hard to resist at work include YouTube, gaming, visiting sports sites, online shopping, banking, etc.

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How can employers deal with unproductive internet use?

We have already established that the internet can be used as a productivity tool, while at the same time creating performance issues at the workplace. That said, there are tools to monitor internet usage in the workplace.
Such tools include internet monitoring software, a widely used method for dealing with employees’ excessive internet usage.

Internet monitoring software is a widely used method for dealing with unproductive internet use.

In general, internet monitoring software helps to analyze internet use. It helps to track:

  • The websites/URLs visited.
  • Time spent on the internet (when and for how long employees use the internet).
  • Which computers have been used to carry out internet activities.
  • The login/username of the employee.
  • Whether or not the internet is used for personal or for business needs.
  • This tool provides insights that help evaluate employee performance and minimizes time spent on work distractions ranging from social media (Facebook, Twitter,e.t.c) to shopping, gaming, e.t.c.

    Internet monitoring software provides insights that help evaluate employee performance and minimizes time spent on internet distractions.

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    Employee internet monitoring software – example

    So, how to monitor internet usage?
    One of the tools is employee internet monitoring software – WorkTime.
    WorkTime provides insight into employees’ internet activities and how often they use social media during working hours. It highlights the productive/unproductive internet-related computer activities and subsequently blocks certain websites to halt distractions. In addition to monitoring visited websites / URLs, WorkTime records the employee’s system login name, the time and duration of internet use, and the history of visited websites / URLs. WorkTime monitors the employees’ internet use regardless of location (in-office, remote, work-from-home employees).

    WorkTime helps to reduce unproductive internet time and to boost productivity.

    What do you get from internet monitoring software?

    Internet monitoring software provides employers with a wealth of useful functions. One big positive with this technology is you can see specific trends and the extent to which the internet is used at a glance (especially when you feel that employees are withholding certain information). For example, WorkTime internet monitoring software provides reports that show employers exactly how employees use the internet.
    These reports include:

    • “Top website/URL used” reports
    • The WorkTime “Top URL used” reports show the most visited websites/URLs

    • “Top social network URL used” reports
    • The WorkTime “Top Social Network URL used” reports indicate which employees have the most visited social network over a specified period.

    • “Website/URL use detailed info” reports
    • The WorkTime “URL use detailed info” reports include all the details of which employees use the websites, how long, and when.

    • “Website/URL use complete list” reports
    • The WorkTime “URL Use complete list” report generates an extensive list of all URLs that have been used over a given time frame.

    • And many more
    • Internet monitoring software provides employers with a wealth of useful functions. You can see specific trends and the extent to which the internet is used at a glance.

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      How does internet monitoring software help your business?

      • Improves productivity
      • Employee productivity will be at least 3-20 percent better with WorkTime internet monitoring software. 3-20 percent is estimated to be the average amount of time employees spend on personal interests (including low attendance, browsing, social networking e.t.c). WorkTime increases productivity by highlighting and decreasing the time employees spend on the internet being unproductive.

      • Saves the company’s money
      • With internet monitoring software, your company can save up on loads of employee wages. Facebook alone consumes 30 percent of working time. In some cases (companies with 20-100 employees), browsing time takes about 50 percent of the overall working time. WorkTime helps save money by reducing the unproductive time to zero.

        Internet monitoring software helps to improve productivity, save money and more.

      • Provides accurate information
      • Internet monitoring software shows the real picture of internet use. This information can be applied to your company in many ways. Asides improving productivity,
        Generated reports can be useful for:
        – Creating policies and improving work discipline.
        – Engaging employees and discovering sites that are useful for work.
        – Pinpointing traits that negatively affect productivity, showing employees how much time they are actually wasting (as per WorkTime experience, people are often unaware of the actual amount of wasted time) and reducing employee distraction.

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