Most employees think they should be able to use the internet at work, with senior managers topping the chart of those who think sending personal e-mails is acceptable, a new study has found.
Of the 410 staff polled by internet recruitment specialist totaljobs.com, 65% believed they should have the right to personal use of their office internet systems.
Forty per cent admitted to having already made use of their employer’s system and the same proportion believed such use should not be a sackable offence.
The most common workplace internet activities were personal e-mail and visiting web-sites – both admitted by eight out of 10 respondents.
Downloading information from websites was reported by just over a quarter of respondents, while 4% admitted they had visited a pornographic site at least once – a serious disciplinary offence in the majority of organisations.
`The question of providing internet access for employees needs to be addressed in a properly balanced way,’ said David Heath, publisher of totaljobs.com.
`Organisations which encourage people to work from home or expect staff to take work home with them might benefit from offering controlled use of the internet during working hours as a business perk,’ he said.