A recent survey conducted by the American Management Association and The ePolicy Institute found that over a quarter of employers have fired workers for misusing email, and one third have fired workers for misusing the Internet on the job. The study surveyed 304 U.S. companies of all sizes and discovered that a majority of employees fired for Internet misuse were accessing porn or other inappropriate content.

Oh crap.

Shockingly though, it wasn’t always porn that got people in trouble. As much as 34 percent of managers in the study said they let go of workers for excessive personal use of the Internet. Among managers who fired workers for e-mail misuse, 64 percent did so because the employee violated company policy and 62 percent said the workers’ e-mail contained inappropriate or offensive language. More than a quarter of bosses said they fired workers for excessive personal use of e-mail and 22 percent said their workers were fired for breaching confidentiality rules in e-mail.

But the really scary part is that 45 percent of the employers participating in the survey admit to tracking the content, keystrokes, and time spent at the keyboard of their employees. An additional 43 percent store and review computer files, 12 percent monitor blogs to track content about the company, and 10 percent monitor social-networking sites.

2 Comments to “Porn Surfing At Work = Bye Bye”

  1. paddy — March 5, 2008 @ 2:27 am

    Fucking nazis.

    Track those keystrokes, baby! ;)

  2. junky — March 10, 2008 @ 10:19 am

    Those aren’t the strokes they’re worried about.

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