Statistics You Should Be Aware Of:
of companies monitor workers' Internet connections and 47% store
and review employee e-mail.
- Xerox terminates
40 staff after spending work hours shopping online
of companies say that they've fired employees for misuse of
office e-mail or Internet connections, and 65% report some disciplinary
measure for those offenses.
- Mobile phone
operator Orange sacked 40 employees for spreading pornographic
- 79% of employers
have detected abuse of Internet access.
- 20% of companies
have disciplined staff for inappropriate Internet use.
- 42% of bosses
spy on you to find out if your surfing the net on company
- The Dow Chemical
Company recently fired 50 employees and disciplined 200 others
after an internal investigation found that some workers within
its Michigan operation had e-mailed pornographic and violent images
using company computers.
- 77.7% of
major U.S. corporations electronically monitored their employees
by checking their e-mail, Internet, phone calls, computer files,
or by videotaping them at work.
- 150 people
working at Hewlett Packard UK had been suspended - and two dismissed
- for alleged email abuse.
- 50% of employees
report receiving racist, sexist, pornographic or otherwise inappropriate
email at work.
- Compaq fired
20 employees for logging onto porn sites.
- Seven New
Jersey transit workers were fired for inappropriate surfing.
- Those organisations
reporting disciplinary action against employees, 46% related to
sexually suggestive or explicit material, 36% related to downloading
pornography, 35% to non work related web surfing and 12% participating
in adult online chat rooms.
- 91 percent
of those companies surveyed detected employee abuse of Internet
- About 25
per cent of British companies have fired an employee over misuse
of the Internet or e-mail, usually involving porn.
- Four employees
at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico were fired
for surfing adult Web sites on the job. Ten others were disciplined
during the same period for using the Net for online shopping and
other personal reasons. Similar crackdowns occurred at Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California, and Sandia
National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico
fires 5 women. They justified the women's dismissal on several
grounds, including that they had repeatedly violated the company's
e-mail policy and had sent other staff pornographic material and
- Over the
past several weeks, South Dakota has fired or suspended without
pay 20 government workers for abusing their access to the Internet
at work. The investigation continues and more terminations are
- An employee
of a Southern California aerospace engineering firm who was working
as a contractor for NASA was terminated earlier this year for
spending too much time in an Internet forum on home repairs.
- Six employees
at an Electronic Data Systems site in Troy, Michigan, were fired
earlier this year for abusing their Internet privileges. The discharged
workers included one highly regarded systems administrator who,
despite several warnings, made 15,000 visits to the same adult
Web site in just one month.
- 6000 Internet
users at National Semiconductor's worldwide offices are monitored
randomly to ensure they aren't visiting adult-oriented Web sites.
Companies Have Fired Workers Over Email Abuse.
- Carla Tomino,
a secretary at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., says
she was fired July 23 amid accusations that she had stockpiled
some 2,000 music files on her work computer in violation of a
policy that bars personal use of company resources.
- Several companies--including
Xerox, New York Times, Edward Jones, and First Union Bank fired
employees who sent sexually offensive messages on the company's
- New York
Times fired 20 employees at a Virginia payroll processing center
for violating corporate policy by sending "inappropriate
and offensive" e-mail.
- The Navy
reported that it disciplined more than 500 employees at a Pennsylvania
supply depot for sending sexually explicit e-mail.
- One in five
US firms have sacked workers for email abuse