most managers know, providing Internet access to employees
is like opening Pandora's box: Network bandwidth can be
eaten up, productivity can dip, and employers may find
themselves sued for sexual
harassment because of a hostile workplace. Although Internet
access has been a boon to knowledge workers, companies
need to have Internet filtering to shield themselves from
the potential pitfalls of the Internet. INTEGRITY ONLINE
Internet filtering service is a natural fit to a companies
Internet usage policy.
Internet Challenges for Companies
indicate that 50% or more of the Internet use within most
companies is not related to business. Even with Internet use
policies in place, office workers spend a large amount of
their Internet time on a variety of non-business Web sites,
including pornography as a major culprit.
The damage is:
productivity. A company of 1,000 employees making $18/hour,
where 10% spend ½ hour per day visiting non-business Web sites,
loses $202,500 per year in unproductive use of the Internet.
legal liability. Companies providing Internet access to employees
who visit and/or download information from sexually explicit
or criminal activity sites risk the possibility of legal action.
Even if a co-worker simply sees an offensive image on someone
else's computer screen, they may have grounds for filing a
sexual harassment suit.
Internet access costs. As non-business use of the Internet
taxes your company's network, you have to buy additional equipment
and telecommunications technology to handle the load.
ONLINE addresses all of these Internet challenges through
Internet filtering, and caching technology that increases
the speed and efficiency of your network.