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Internet Restrictions and Monitoring. Policies for Diamond Express

The following case study provides an example of an ethical/legal issue faced by many HR professionals. The issue of technology in the workplace and employee use of the technology has become an increasingly common challenge, and you have seen how this may be an issue with the jewelry company.

After reading and researching other examples of what some companies are facing, what are your feelings or ideas about the following?

Do you feel a policy restricting employee Internet use is ethically sound?
Do you feel that the monitoring of employee activity on the computer is ethically sound?
What are the business implications for employees' personal use of company assets?
What approach will you take to address this issue with the jewelry company?

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Do you feel a policy restricting employee Internet use is ethically sound?

Is it a fact of being ethically sound or just saying "I am the boss, do what I say" and sounding rude is really not a point of fact, the fact is the employer or entity has purchased the internet usage for a specific purpose (for this case, I will take the stand point of an employer). Which as an employer, one is employed to do work that is related to the operations of the company, not for an employee to come in and play WOW or BattleField 4 or socialize and play games on Facebook.

Unless you work for EA games as a paid environment tester and programmer, then chance are you're there to do something a little more professional. A company wants to make money, not give it away. So to have a policy that provides guidelines and restriction about IT usage, is not only ethical, but is well within reasons and expectations. There are policies on conduct for work ethics or dress ethics; IT is just one more thing that a company has to make sure if covered when it comes to the dos and don'ts.

Do you feel that the monitoring of employee activity on the computer is ethically sound?

Referring to the first question would apply to this question. Companies need to monitor their resources, whether it is money, IT or human labor. The company needs to assure that it is running efficiently and effectively. To do this, it is required to do routine evaluations of their resources. Because of the abuse that can be sustained by employees surfing the net or emailing family or friends on company time. This is called time waste and is considered to be company theft. An employee getting paid to work, but is surfing the net is in all reality, stealing from the ...

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