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Stop Web abuse

Monitoring aggressively curbs shenanigans

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You don’t want your employees downloading porn, scanning job boards or playing solitaire on company-owned PCs while at work. So you write a policy requiring that workers access the Internet for business purposes only.

You’re in the clear, right? Think again.

As more employers offer high-speed connections that people don’t get at home, the problem worsens. Here’s what you can do:

Block access, selectively. If you analyze online traffic at your company and determine that employees scan job-posting search engines and sexually explicit sites, your firm or division can buy software that prevents users from accessing these types of sites. You can block more categories if your company’s server or desktop files indicate personal use in other inappropriate areas.

Increase your office visits. If you’re behind closed doors all day, your staffers will feel safer playing on the Web. But if you drop in often to ask questions, get input or sit and chat for a few minutes, you can monitor employees’ Internet use while you’re simply doing what a good manager does. You also can ask how workers are using the Web and remind them not to download unfamiliar files to avoid viruses.

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