The Ideal Internet Access Policy
Most businesses simply cannot operate without internet access. Employees need internet access to perform to their duties, but without limits, unrestricted internet access can be distracting and dangerous.
Most companies will create their own Internet policy, dictating how the Internet is to be used by employees while working. For example, your Internet policy may outline when, where, and how they can access content.
You will need your employees to be happy to sign up to your Internet policy, so how do you create successful guidelines which your workforce can deal with?
What Should your Internet Policy Cover?
Your Internet policy should state that Internet usage should support the goals and objectives of the business and emphasize that employees are expected to use the Internet in an acceptable way. Your workforce should ensure that they comply with all current legislation as well as not using the Internet to defame the company name.
The policy should outline unacceptable behaviour, which is in breach of your Internet policy and may result in disciplinary action such as:
- Accessing illegal, obscene or adult content
- Using the Internet to harass, or “cyber bully”
- Using the Internet or computers to commit fraud
- Sharing confidential information about the business, its partners, or clients
- Introducing malware into the network
- Reducing staff effort or productivity
- Hacking into unauthorized areas or sites
The Internet policy should also clearly state that, as an employer, you reserve the right to monitor your employees’ Internet usage as well as clearly outlining your policy regarding information stored on third-party websites.
It is imperative to be clear and concise so that your workforce knows what is expected of them in regards to Internet usage, as it is unfair to be vague on your policy and thus leaving room for interpretation.