Vault's 2005 Internet Use in the Workplace Survey is comprised of 1,107 responses from employees representing a variety of industries across the U.S.
When asked how much time was appropriate for personal surfing on the job, the majority (33%) responded that up to 30 minutes per day is the proper amount of time to spend surfing at work. Regarding personal experience, 53% of employees admit to surfing non-work-related websites everyday.
Vault found that although 41% of workers have been "caught" by their employers while surfing a non-work-related website, less than 1% were actually disciplined. "It's pretty much accepted as long as it doesn't interfere with business," says one respondent.
Most employees (71%) feel that employers have the right to monitor their Internet use, but with some limitations. For example, most feel that emails should not be monitored, and that monitoring should mostly take place for security reasons.
Notable is that 65% of respondents say that not only does surfing the net not decrease productivity, it can actually increase it, as a surfing break enables employees to recharge their batteries.
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Vault Inc. is the leading media company focused on careers. Vault offers over 100 nationally distributed books, from the best-selling Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms to the Vault Guide to Schmoozing. Vault is celebrated for its online resource, www.vault.com, which offers employee surveys for more than 3,500 employers, student and alumni surveys for thousands of undergraduate, MBA and law school programs, recruiting services for employers, detailed "inside" information on over 3,000 companies and 70 industries, and the much-praised Electronic WaterCooler(TM), the Internet's first-ever network of expert-moderated message boards for professionals. Vault was founded in 1997 by Hussam Hamadeh, Samer Hamadeh, and Mark Oldman.