Employee Internet Use Policy



If computers are a necessary part of your business then you better have an employee internet use policy within your employee handbook.

Most employee handbook templates will have a standard sample for you're to modify to your specific needs.















As you know that internet is becoming more and more a huge part of everyone's lives! We use it to communicate via email! We check the movie listings online instead of calling or looking at the newspaper. We bring up the weather! We take a look at what our favorite sports team is doing!

Policy will have to be worded in a way that prohibits certain types…

It is common to use the word tweeting and twitter now! Almost everyone has a Face Book account!

What will make it more difficult is if your small business uses the internet on a regular basis as a normal part of your everyday business.

So your internet use policy will have to be worded in a way that prohibits certain types of use versus what they will need to accomplish their jobs.

Your employee internet use policy may state in it that you have a computer monitoring system that will track every key punch entry that someone makes.

Nothing entered via a company computer is consider private information…

You may also want to state in your internet use policy that all computer usage will be subject to review by management, and nothing entered via a company computer is consider private information. Therefore, if someone were to send out an email message to Face Book, they may be held accountable for that if they sent it via a business owned computer.

Look around of employee handbook templates that provide a few different variances in their wording or give you plenty of examples. Your employee handbook is a very important document and must cover the subject completely.

The reason for this is that the line becomes skewed…

Make sure you consider if the policy changes during breaks or lunches. My recommendation would be no, but it is your choice. I would state in my employee internet use policy that at no time can an employee use the company's internet service for personal reasons. The reason for this is that the line becomes skewed. Everyone that is found misusing the internet will claim that they are on a break. This will just increase your trouble of enforcing the internet use policy rule.

Producing an employee handbook is a very necessary thing and using employee handbook templates for the entire process including an employee internet use policy is a time and money saver. Finding the right one is the issue.

Although I have some recommended employee handbook software companies I do not necessarily feel they are right for everyone. Do your own homework.

The important this is that you find one that will ultimately meet your very specific needs and is written by employment attorneys.

Good Luck and May God Bless You!

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