Should Employees Be Allowed to Use Work Computers for Personal Use?
Using Work Computers for Personal Use
1. Briefly discuss topics
1. Computers have changed the workplace
2. Importance of computer use policy
3. Disciplinary action for misuse
Give a summary of the topics, reiterating the importance of knowing the employers’ computer use policy and stressing that a little common sense goes a long way.
The widespread use of Internet and e-mail has transformed the way business is conducted in the typical American workplace. Undeniably, the Internet and e-mail have also given employees a means of escaping briefly from long days at the office. How many of you have used work computers for your personal use? More than likely all of us have at one point or another. Should our employers even allow us to use the business computers for our own personal benefit on company time? Of course, the answer to this question varies from business to business depending on the computer use policy of the particular company. Employees should know and understand their employers’ computer use policy before accessing business computers for personal use. Disciplinary action, up to and potentially including termination of employment, could result if misuse occurs. In every industry, computers have left their mark on the workplace, changing the way people do their jobs. They make trusty assistants, helping workers to manage information more effectively and automate repetitive tasks. They connect employees across the office or across the globe, and they connect businesses with customers in the same way. They standardize the routines of work, sometimes trading individuality for efficiency. They even transform the idea of the workplace itself into a virtual structure that enables employees to work remotely. In a perfect world common sense and a solid work ethic would keep employees on task throughout the...
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