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Why do employees use the internet at work?

The Internet is a necessary tool used by many companies to maintain efficient working processes. At the same time, it also played a significant role in keeping employees distracted. Employees can easily socialize on the net instead of performing their work duties during paid hours, as most social activities are online. As a result, businesses are continually looking for constructive ways to monitor internet activities, such as incorporating internet monitoring software, to stop these workplace distractions.

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 really spend on internet activities?

More time than you can imagine!
A Forbes article reads that employees spend at least 10 hours of their working week on non-work-related internet activities. With so many distractions on the internet these days, an employee can get carried away surfing irrelevant or inappropriate websites. As a result, a lot of paid hours go to waste before they realize it.

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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.

Monitoring internet activities with appropriate tools can help overcome some of the many temptations that employees find hard to resist at work, including YouTube, gaming, visiting sports sites, online shopping, banking, social media platforms, etc.

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How can employers deal with unproductive internet activities?

Even though the internet is used as a productivity tool, it can also affect workplace performance. And, this is where tools to monitor internet activity in the workplace can help. 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 monitoring internet activities.

Generally, internet monitoring software helps to analyze internet usage. 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?
Employee internet monitoring software – WorkTime – is a great example.
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 users’ internet activity 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?

  • Monitor internet activities
  • Monitoring internet activities restrict employees from visiting non-work-related sites during working hours. When employees are aware that you’re monitoring their internet activity, it discourages them from spending time on their social media, shopping, or gaming when they should be working. By monitoring internet activities, you also restrict access to sites that may be dangerous to the company’s health.

  • 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 usage. This information can be applied to your company in many ways. Asides from 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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