Companies are beginning to ban Web access and instant messaging service at work in an effort to counteract their drain on employee productivity. This article notes that the addictive nature of the Web is such that 54% of men and 47% of women would rather give up their morning coffee than lose their personal Internet fix at work. The author points out the downside of such Internet-banning policies, including difficulties in researching topics or ordering supplies and a “Big Brother-ish” aura noticed by workers.

Source: The Gold Coast Bulletin (Queensland, Australia); Jun 6, 2006

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