Web Surfing On the Job: The Do’s & Don’ts

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The Internet, the fountain of luring information accessed simply by a mouse click, the diversion that can interfere with reaching deadlines or completing critical work, the tool that keeps you in touch with your friends and family: It is a necessary evil—especially at work, some might say.

 

Surfing the Web while at work is all too common in today’s modern society. As a result, many organizations are implementing software that not only tracks their employees’ Internet usage, but also monitor employees’ computer activities like playing computer games or watching DVDs. Being that such software is so similar to George Orwell’s “Big Brother,” let’s look at the do’s and don’ts of Web surfing at work.

 

Do use the Internet at work as…

 

 

  • A reference tool to find job-related information, statistics, definitions or technologies.
  • A tool to read the latest news in regards to your industry.
  • A way to actually perform your job role.

 

Permissible, occasional and explainable Internet use at work (according to me) includes…

 

 

  • Reading newspaper articles.
  • Checking your personal e-mail account.

 

Don’t use the Internet on the job to…

 

 

  • Play online poker or any other Internet game for that matter.
  • Download music to your iPod, MP3 player or desktop.
  • Check and add to your MySpace account.
  • Search XXX-rated sites. (I hope that is common sense!)
  • Instant message with your friends.
  • Search other job opportunities.
  • Catch up on celebrity gossip.
  • Shop on eBay or perform any other personal shopping for that matter.
  • Manage and pay your bills.

 

*The list could literally go on and on.

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