How much time do employees waste during the work day? It depends on the industry, and it is difficult to track. One would have to start with defining “wasted time.” Is that time away from the main project? Time spent off-site dealing with other issues? Time on-site, but off task?

Consider an employee conversation at a water cooler. Employees ask each other about their weekend plans and a recommendation for a new spot to have dinner. They casually mention an upcoming sales meeting and the reports they need to produce before heading back to their respective work spaces. Few people would consider this to be a waste of time. Every employee needs a restroom break or to occasionally stretch their legs- if not standing altogether– while working.

Human nature requires us to have short mental breaks from our tasks. This allows us to step back and reflect, and perhaps to consider a new angle when attacking a problem. Nobody can be expected to work for 8 straight hours. Some research has indicated those taking short breaks can yield greater productivity.

But what about the employee who checks personal email throughout the day, or is constantly liking Facebook posts? Even worse, how about the ones comparing and booking summer vacations or comparing homes for sale? These examples pale in comparison to those employees who are accessing online games, gambling, or even pornography!

We offer many different products that help to monitor employee access to certain websites. Some products do not allow employees to access certain websites, like Facebook or Instagram. Other services block categories of sites, such as online gambling or pornography. New sites are added daily; a subscription provides automatic updating to the blocked sites list.

Managers should also have the ability to override certain sites. For example, an employer may want to block Facebook access from employee workstations, but HR staff may wish to review the digital profile of prospective new hires. The same could be said for employee vs. manager access to job-hunting sites like Monster or Indeed.

Organizations must ultimately choose the level of online security that best meets their vision and focus. The good news is that there are many affordable solutions that can keep employees more focused. Contact us today if you would like to learn more about these solutions.