More than three-quarters of employers have policies dealing with staff use of e-mail and the Internet, according to research.
A survey by employment law firm Allen & Overy found that 84 per cent of employers have e-mail and Internet policies.
But fewer than 25 per cent of employers surveyed have policies dealing with drug testing, fraud prevention, stop and search or CCTV.
Claire Bradley, assistant HR manager at easyJet, agreed that the results suggest it is increasingly common for employers to monitor employees.
She said, “We have a laissez-faire approach to this. Our company policy on e-mail is that we don’t monitor employees’ e-mail as we trust our employees. If an employee is failing to meet their performance objectives, we will take a disciplinary route.”
The survey results show that 70 per cent of employers had a data protection policy.
Carmen Burton, HR manager for the accountancy firm Norton Practice, said, “These results aren’t surprising as most employers have been driven by legislation to put policies in place.”
The survey also revealed that 34 per cent of employers test employees or prospective employees for drugs and alcohol.