A survey of 500 companies found most companies monitor their employees.
- 61% reprimanded employees for improper use of the internet - 25% of these resulted in firing.
- 84% of companies monitor non-work related email
- 81% monitor non-work related internet
- 42% monitor IM
- 65% block access to a subset of websites
Employees may think that web-based email systems are okay to use at work for non-work related email under the mistaken assumption that companies only monitor their corporate email accounts. This assumption is wrong. Companies monitor web-based email activity and employees are getting fired for misusing it.