I was reading today some statistics which were compiled duirng 2000 about the use of Internet in the workplace . These results are from 2000.. can you imagine what the more current figures would be??? If I do find a more recent survey I will post it here as an update.
Employees who abuse Internet privileges have become a major concern among today’s corporations. According to a survey of human resource directors, approximately 70% of companies provide Internet access to more than half of their employees and recent statistics show
that employee Internet abuse is on the rise. In a survey of 1439 workers by Vault.com, an online analyst firm, 37% admitted to surfing constantly at work, 32% surfed a few times a day, and 21 % surfed a few times a week (Adschiew, 2000). In a survey of 224 corporations by Websense,
Inc., an electronic monitoring firm, 64% of the companies have disciplined, and more than 30%
have terminated, employees for inappropriate use of the Internet (Websense, 2000). Specifically,
accessing pornography (42%), online chatting (13%), gaming (12%), sports (8%), investing
(7%), and shopping at work (7%) were the leading causes for disciplinary action or termination.
In an online usage report conducted in 2000 by eMarketer.com, 73 % of U.S. active adult users accessed the Web at least once from work, 41% access the Web a majority of the time at work, and 15% go online exclusively at work (McLaughlin, 2000).
The issue has become critical as organizations attempt to minimize productivity losses that result from such employee Internet abuse, which can represent billions in lost revenue (Stewart, 2000).
Vault.com estimates surfing costs $54 billion annually in lost productivity (Adschiew, 2000).
For instance, in the summer 2000, Victoria’s Secret posted a forty -four minute, mid-work day
webcast. The broadcast had an estimated audience of two million viewers, costing Corporate
America as much as $120 million. According to estimates by research firm Computer Economics, companies lost $5.3 billion to recreational Internet surfing in 1999.
Computer Economics notes that online shopping, stock trading, car buying, looking for a new house, and even visiting pornographic sites have become daily practices for about 25 percent of the workers in U.S. companies that have access to the Internet in their offices. For example, after the peak of the Clinton-Lewinsky scandals, ZDNet reported that industry experts estimated American companies lost $470 million in productivity to employees reading the salacious document online.