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Not safe for work: What's acceptable computer use in today's office? Print E-mail
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Source: CSO Online - Posted by Anthony Pell   
Latest News How many minutes, or hours, did you spend on Facebook today? Even if you spent just a few minutes on the popular social networking site during office hours, you're not alone. Data from Nucleus Research finds 77 percent of workers who have a Facebook account use it during work hours. Sports events, online games, and entertainment sites, many of which cross the line between interesting and inappropriate, are all common distractions in today's office. It's not that these things are entirely new, but the Web 2.0 era—think social networks, URL shortners, video sites and more—presents wrinkles that require rethinking acceptable use policies.

Studies reveal a great deal of employee internet use is for personal, not professional, reasons. As much as 40 percent of internet surfing done during work hours is personal, according to IDC Research.

This isn't news to Kevin Quinlan, senior director of IT for restaurant chain Bertucci's. Quinlan is a realist. His policy is to allow employees six 15-minute slots each day to log on to websites for personal use and fun; that includes Facebook, Twitter, or any other site they want to see (within reason).

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