Creating an Internet Usage Policy
Creating an Internet usage policy for your business can be tricky. You need to find the right balance between a wide-open policy and a strict, no-nonsense policy. Your Internet usage policy should be unique to your business. What works for some companies may not work for you.
Why should my business implement an Internet usage policy?
The purpose of implementing an Internet policy isn’t to spy on your employees or take away their Internet privileges. In fact, there are many reasons to implement an Internet usage policy. The main reason? Protection.
- To protect your company and employees from Internet misuse and legal actions.
- To protect your network from malicious activity.
- To protect your employees productivity.
What should my Internet usage policy include?
When writing your Internet policy, get input from others in the office. Include things like:
- Acceptable behavior
- Unacceptable behavior
- Company owned information
Don’t forget, once the policy is finalized and approved, have everyone read through and sign the policy to make sure they understand its purpose and contents.
Who should this policy apply to?
If you have an Internet policy for you company, it should apply to everyone. Realistically, there will be employees in your business whose job requires more Internet use than others. Just make sure you define this in your policy.
Read more about employees and web monitoring: http://www.gfi.com/whitepapers/web_monitoring_for_employee_productivity_enhancement.pdf
Example Internet Usage Policy
Here are a few examples of Internet usage policies to get you started: