What Every Business Needs To Know About The Impact Of Social Media On Security And Employee Productivity

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If you are a CEO that is concerned about employees wasting time online using a non-work-related website like Facebook or Twitter – OR WORSE, using company resources to look for their next job or to access inappropriate content like pornography – then read on.

Why You Should Be Concerned

While it’s not uncommon for employees to waste a bit of work time on relatively harmless activities, such as shopping or visiting a favorite sports website, times have changed; employers are learning the hard way that employee use or abuse of a company’s Internet system can lead to significant liability and time wasted if not monitored.

For example, one business owner (who will remain nameless) shared that they received a panicked phone call from the office while traveling. The police had shown up and arrested one of their staff for soliciting a minor online. Since he was doing this during work hours from the office, that’s where the police showed up to arrest him – clearly a PR nightmare. And stories like this are happening EVERYWHERE.

Then there’s the wasted time. Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are addictive. If your employees are constantly “plugged in” to those sites, they won’t be nearly as productive at work as they should be.

How To Solve This Problem

Protecting your company requires two simple steps at a minimum. First, have a written company policy that details what employees can and can’t do with the company resources or during company hours. Next, you’ll want to have a content filtering system in place that will enforce your policy by automatically “policing” your company Internet usage, blocking sites and content you don’t want your employees to access without hindering their ability to work online.

Free Productivity And Security Assessment

Mark Twain once said, “Supposing is good, but knowing is better.” If you want to know for sure how much time your employees are spending on non-work-related surfing and what website they are accessing, call us. At no cost, we will perform an assessment report to you just how wide open your
network and liabilities are regarding employee Internet access. Our Free Productivity and Security Assessment will reveal:

  • If your firewall is properly set up to protect your business from wasted employee productivity and possible PR nightmares.
  • If your other security settings are set up properly to protect you from a hacker and other malicious attacks.
  • How you can solve any potential issues with simple, automated tools to “watch” over your company’s Internet connection.

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