Robots could take 38% of US
jobs in the next 15 years.
Source: Price Waterhouse Coopers
The numbers are staggering.
Salary.com’s 2014 “Wasting Time at Work” survey, they found:
31% waste about 30 minutes per day
31% waste about 1 hour
16% waste about 2 hours per day
6% waste about 3
hours per day
2% waste about 4 hours per day
2% waste 5 or
more hours per day
When asked what the biggest time
wasters were, these were the top culprits:
While that survey is now a
few years old, the problem persists.
CareerBuilder found that the #1 distraction reported by
employers was smartphones. Nearly 20% of the managers surveyed
said they believe their employees put in less than 5 hours of
actual work in an 8-hour workday.
While lost productivity
is expensive, this "cyber loafing" can create a MUCH bigger
problem when your employees are visiting adult websites.
Courts have consistently supported workers’ rights to sue
employers if exposed to p*rn, as a form of a hostile work
The CareerBuilder survey found that 4% of
respondents admitted to visiting these websites while on the
A secretary at a California company sued her
employer for $3.5 million for a hostile work environment after
supervisors repeatedly downloaded p*rn. The company offered
$850,000 to settle, but she declined.
currently being sued by employees who claimed PTSD after seeing
images of murder and p*rn at work. Screening people’s
communications for evidence of crimes was part of their job, and
they’re claiming severe psychological injuries from
it. The suit also alleges that Microsoft refused to provide
therapists, and that their supervisor told them to “Just take
more smoke breaks”.
While the best solution used to be
removing Internet connections from all computers that don't need
them, most people now use the Internet in their work.
This leaves monitoring as the next best option.
survey by the American Management Association found that 78% of
major U.S. companies now monitor employees’ email, phone, or
No matter how much you may hate the idea
of feeling like Big Brother who’s “spying” on your employees,
you’ll hate it a lot less than being deposed in a hostile work
environment lawsuit and being asked why you didn’t do something
to prevent this problem from happening in the first place.
To Your Success,
You can find plenty of programs that do this by Googling “Employee
Monitoring Software”. Be SURE to consult a good labor law
attorney first, to make sure you comply with both
federal and state laws (i.e. Like notifying your employees in
advance that they will be monitored)
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