Not all companies conduct business online exclusively, but most will require employees to use the internet in one way or another. With the always-available internet connection at work, cyberslacking is not a novelty by any means. This is why the Internet Use Policy is a useful tool most companies implement, but not just to regulate cyberslacking.
Companies choose to create an Internet Use Policy to protect themselves from security breaches and the employees from sharing confidential information,
The Internet Use Policy prevents employees from misusing the company's computers and internet access. Furthermore, it also acts as a guide to what is considered acceptable internet usage at the workplace.
For example, most companies do not allow employees to download music or movies at work, mostly if it is pirated. The Internet Use Policy protects the employer if an employee chooses to commit an illegal activity using the company's internet access.
Finally, the policy ensures that the employee does not knowingly or unknowingly share passwords, company credentials, and valuable data via the internet.
Depending on your state, an Internet Use Policy may also be known as:
Any company or employer with at least one employee benefits from having an Internet Use Policy. Without it, there are no clear rules on how the employees will use the company-provided internet. The document also provides proof that the employer has communicated these rules to employees.
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Most employers have somewhat similar definitions of acceptable and unacceptable online activity of employees at work. Even then, while some rules are apparent, others should be explicitly listed. All you need to do is focus on the actions you want to discourage, and we will do the rest.
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The Internet Use Policy should be presented to any new employee. The manager or supervisor should submit the document to the employee and ask them to sign it. You do not have to worry about having a witness present, nor does the form require notarization.
The employer should keep all signed copies of the Internet Use Policy from all employees, usually with the HR department or wherever employee files are kept. After signing, an employee should also keep a copy of the Internet Use Policy in paper or digital form.
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