Internet fear grips UK’s biggest companies

Half
of Britain’s largest companies are concerned about staff using the internet at
work for personal reasons.

A
study shows that 50 per cent of businesses with a turnover of more than £5m are
worried by employee internet access.

However,
levels of concern seem to depend on the size of the organisation, as only 19
per cent of medium sized companies express anxiety, and just 11 per cent of
small firms are worried.

Only
16 per cent of all companies said they would go as far as to forbid staff from
using the internet altogether.

The
report by Continental Research also suggests that HR is being overlooked when
it comes to the web, as almost half of the 423 firms questioned had no company
policy on staff internet access.

The
majority of large firms do have a policy in place including specific limitations
on internet use, rather than a blanket ban.

By Ross Wigham

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