Employers, personal use of the Internet and trust

According to an article in the most recent People Management magazine: 'The majority of employers trust their staff “to do the right thing” when it comes to blogging and using social networking sites such as Facebook'.

Findings from the poll on how employers deal with personal use of the Internet by employees on work time suggest:

• 40 per cent - We trust all our employees to "do the right thing"

• 19 per cent - We rely on our existing employee contracts

• 19 per cent - We ban employees from blogging and bar them from particular sites

• 12 per cent - We're thinking about writing a dedicated policy

• 10 per cent - We have a dedicated policy

It seems fair to say that the poll produces quite a mixed bag of opinion on the subject of employee personal use of the Internet while on work time.

A mixture of not doing anything until something major happens (the majority) through to doing something that makes it clear what employees can and should not do (the minority).

It suggests a lot more employees will be disciplined for misappropriation of the Internet in the years to come.

For more details see Employers 'trust staff to use web responsibly' by Lucy Philips (available for a month to non-subscribers).

1 comment:

Jerry Kalish said...

Apparently that kind of trust is a U.K. phenomimum. In one of my recent posts in my blog, The Retirement Plan Blog, I commented on the story in Investment News that some of the major investment banks, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, and UBS, have put firewalls in place to bar staffers from using Facebook. Citigroup leads the list with almost 8,500 employees in its Facebook network followed by Goldman Sachs with approximately 5,600 and Lehman Brothers with approximately 3,000.