Friday, December 28, 2001
Internet Misuse Still a Problem
by Demir Barlas, Line56
"While the Internet is a powerful tool for business efficiency, it can also be a massive drain on productivity when misused. Different sources estimate that American businesses are losing anywhere from $1 billion (Newsweek) to tens of billions of dollars (IDC) because of Internet misuse, which is simply defined as non-work-related use of the Internet while on company time. In 2001, Gallup found that the average employee spends 75 minutes per workday day on the Internet. Given the Department of Labor's finding that the average cost of employing an American worker is $20 per hour (including wage, insurance, and benefits), this means that companies are losing an average of $125 a week per worker."