UK business loses £500m a year through Internet surfing

Staff
who waste time at work sending personal e-mails and surfing the Internet are
costing British business £500m a year, according to a report.

Nine
out of ten workers surveyed, by the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST),
admitted to recreational surfing during company time.

The
average amount of time wasted was just under an hour a day.

“No
company is immune from e-risk. You can not be present in every office every
hour of the day and you can not rely on employees to exercise sound judgement
100 per cent of the time,” said Richard Willmott, head of FAST corporation
services.

“UK
businesses must establish clear policies and procedures to help reduce
electronic exposures.”

Fifty
per cent of employees reported receiving racist, sexist or pornographic emails
at work.

www.fast.org.uk

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