What Elements Should Your Internet Usage Policy Contain?
When planning your Internet use policy, it should contain certain key elements such as:
– The company Internet is for company business only and to be used only during company business hours
– All work done on company computers during business hours, including all emails, is company property and can be accessed by the employer at any time.
– Establish what type of computer use is unacceptable such as accessing personal social media accounts, personal email, pornographic websites, etc.
– Employees must refrain from accessing websites, creating, or forwarding email that promotes any type of discrimination such as racial or sexual discrimination, or that is defamatory or harmful towards another person or group.
– Employees are not allowed to gain access to or attempt to access other employee’s computers, employee stored information, or any information unauthorized by the company.
In addition to the guidelines above, inform your employees that whatever is done by the company, for the company, and on the company computers should remain confidential and within the confines of the company. In addition, let employees know that when they access unapproved sites, they risk infecting the company computer system with viruses that could possibly shut down the entire company network.
Having an Internet use policy in place helps to eliminate any confusion and possible abuse that could prevent a company from functioning productively. A solid Internet use policy help to make the work environment more pleasant and more conducive to getting the necessary work done in order to have a successful business. Creating a safe and productive environment is important for any business, and one way to ensure that is to implement an Internet use policy.
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