Majority of employers monitor staff internet use

According to a study by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) the majority of UK employers monitor staff internet use and block web sites not considered relevant to the job.

The survey quizzed 1,000 manager below 35 working in a number of different industries. The main complaint was that older managers still look on the internet as a time-wasting activity. Over 65% of companies monitor internet use, with 90% of local government offices blocking any websites deemed inappropriate.

The results of the study illustrate a generation gap in younger and older management in terms of attitudes towards information technology. The CMI believes that hostility towards internet in the UK could see companies here fall behind their international competitors.

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