BUSINESS WIRE--InternetSafety.com, the recognized leader in Internet safety solutions, today announced it has compiled the “Top 10 Online Time Wasters” that currently diminish employee productivity at the workplace. The listing demonstrates the diverse range of online distractions that tempt workers from 9 to 5.
According to a 2007 survey conducted by Salary.com, employees spend roughly 20% of their workday on non-work-related Web activities. Another recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive found that men are more likely to engage in personal Web surfing at work than women; weather, sports, and investment/stock sites are all top destinations that are visited more often by men than women. Blogs and pornography sites, while less common, are seen at least twice as often by males as by females.
“Surfing the Web for personal reasons while at work continues to compromise the effectiveness of American workers,” said Shane Kenny, President and COO of InternetSafety.com. “Billions of dollars in lost productivity are the result, which is why courts are upholding employers’ rights to terminate employees for excessive Web browsing. It’s important for everyone—companies and workers alike—to understand the drain that results from casual Web use.”
The “Top 10 Online Time Wasters”, listed in no particular order, include:
To assist enterprises in controlling access to these and other classes of Web sites, InternetSafety.com has created EtherShield™, a low-cost, plug-and-play Internet filtering appliance for organizations of 10 to 200 people. EtherShield filters Web sites in 35 categories; managers can either use the pre-set content filtering, or whitelist or blacklist specific sites or classes of sites as desired.
In addition to content filtering, EtherShield will block instant messaging applications, chat rooms, newsgroups and peer-to-peer file sharing services such as BitTorrent. If a user attempts to use a banned site, a log is added to the database of policy violations.