Employers crackdown on surfing at work

The Web can be a great waste of time at work. From catching up on the latest weird videos to planning a wedding, millions of people use the Internet every day. But much of that surfing is done from a cubicle, leading to hours of questionable productivity and strained resources. In response, workplace Internet policies […]

The Web can be a great waste of time at work.

From catching up on the latest weird videos to planning a wedding, millions of people use the Internet every day. But much of that surfing is done from a cubicle, leading to hours of questionable productivity and strained resources.

In response, workplace Internet policies are getting stricter.

Companies are starting to ban Web access, block instant messaging services to squash discreet conversations among chatty co-workers and prohibit employees from watching sporting events on their computers.

"If you're watching video, you're probably not working," said Vimal Solanki, director of product marketing at McAfee Inc., a software vendor whose products to block Web access are selling briskly.

I too have never allowed people to work on internet at my workplace and strictly enforced internet policy, despite of users objection…DG