LONDON - April 19th - Nearly 90 percent of employees feel the Internet
can be addictive - and 41 percent admit to personal surfing at work for
more than three hours per week - according to a new survey released
today from Websense Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN).
The Web@Work Survey 2001, conducted by Taylor Nelson Sofres, the fourth
biggest research company in the world was commissioned by Websense to
gain a greater understanding of the habits and attitudes towards
employee use of the Internet at work. The survey was conducted among
800 employees across the UK, Italy, France and Germany.
According to the survey, UK companies are the most aggressive when it
comes to reprimanding staff for inappropriate use of the Net. Employers
in the UK were five times more likely to take disciplinary action than
Italian employers - and two-and-a-half times more likely to take action
than their French or German counterparts.
The survey also found that while pornography is widely available on the
Internet and has been a public and visible concern to employers,
employees are now using the Web in much broader, different ways. For
example, employees reported using the Internet at work to book a holiday
(52%), pursue education (42%), research a hobby (41%), visit a virtual
shop (28%) or watch a sports event (27%).
Other key findings from the survey include:-
- 52% of companies across Europe are doing nothing to address the issue
of internet misuse. However, the percentages changes depending on the
country. For example, 67 percent of UK employers have Internet access
policies in place, while only 33 percent of French companies report the
- 71% of workers feel that it is acceptable to have the Internet managed
at work, with the UK and Germans being most in favour.
- 73% of staff feel that it is acceptable to surf the web at work during
breaks, but only half feel it is appropriate before or after official
"The survey shows that the Internet is clearly a valuable business tool
for employees, but at the same time it can be a distraction," said Geoff
Haggart, VP of Europe for Websense. "It also shows that companies need
to strike a balance and be aware that employees do not object to having
their Internet access at work managed."
Full survey findings will be released at a Press Conference given by
Geoff Haggart - VP for Europe - Websense Inc at 11am on 24th April at
Infosecurity Europe 2001, Olympia London. For a Press Pass to this
event please contact Yvonne Eskenzi on Tel. no. - 020 8449 8292 or email
For further information about Websense Inc or to obtain copies of the
full survey after 24th April please contact Johanna Severinsson at
Websense Inc - email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Johanna
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About Websense Inc.
Websense Inc. (NASDAQ: WBSN) is the worldwide leader of employee
Internet management (EIM) solutions. Websense Enterprise software
enables businesses to monitor, report and manage how their employees use
the Internet. This supports an organisation's efforts to improve
employee productivity, conserve network bandwidth and mitigate legal
liability. Founded in 1994, the company serves more than 12,000
customers, ranging in size from 100-person firms to global-sized
corporations. These include half of the Fortune 500, 40 of the Nikkei
225 and more than 40 of the FTSE 100, encompassing 6.6 million employees
worldwide. For more information, visit www.websense.com.
About Taylor Nelson Sofres
Through its network of offices in more than 50 countries, Taylor Nelson
Sofres provides market research information services to leading national
and multi-national companies operating in over 80 countries. It is
ranked as the fourth largest marketing research information group in the
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