WEBSENSE WEB@WORK SURVEY REVEALS EMPLOYERS ARE PAYING THE PRICE FOR NET ADDICTION Thursday 19 April 2001 PDF Print 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 same. - 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 hours. "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 firstname.lastname@example.org. ENDS 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 email@example.com or call Johanna Severinsson on Telephone ++ 44 (0)1932 796105, or visit the website at www.websense.com. 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 world. *********** Except for the historical information contained herein, this press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements containing the words "planned," "expects," "believes," "strategy," "opportunity," "anticipates" and similar words. 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