Internet at work: Where are the limits

Workers acquired rights are considered to be sacred, no matter what: the right to take holidays, sick leaves and to go to the loo and make tea.

However, there has been another right that has recently been lurking around: the right to 'surf' on the virtual waves of the internet in your office.

My ex-employer was asking me last time whether Internet access could not be controlled because he noticed that productivity dipped as employees devoted more time to reading horoscopes rather than actually working.

There's no right or wrong answer though. The mere fact that there was no Acceptable Usage Policy in the first place makes it even more difficult to get employees to understand that the internet is a company resource just like the telephone and so is their working time.

Internet at work is quickly becoming a big inconvenience. As Channel 4 announced their decision to broadcast their programmes on the web, the federation of Small Businesses came forth to say that it did not need yet another time wasting activity for its workers.

Balancing acts will become vital if we don't want the workplace internet to become a ‘capharnaum’.