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Course Description

While the Internet offers enormous advantages in conducting business, it can also cause problems. Internet abuse in the workplace is a real and growing problem. In a survey of 1,200 companies, 54% reported that employees abused their use of the Internet, in particular browsing non-work-related sites — some up to eight hours a day! Another survey revealed that of the 30% of employers who have fired employees for web-related abuse, 84% of the firings were due to employees viewing inappropriate material.

The potential for Internet abuse grows as its use for business purposes continues to rise. According to the Pew Research Center, 62% of American employees now use the Internet in their work, with 27% reporting "constant" use. In addition, almost 50% of employed Americans now work from home at least part of the time and some 18% every day or almost every day, needing only a laptop, tablet, cell phone or PDA and an Internet connection to conduct business.

As these work trends continue so will opportunities for employees’ indiscriminate use of e-mail, text- or instant-messaging, and inappropriate postings to blogs, Facebook or Twitter. Such behavior can lead to larger workplace issues such as sexual harassment, the loss of intellectual property, copyright infringement, securities-law violations, and numerous other legal and day-to-day operations problems.

The Cintas, 30-minute Online Internet Use Training Course delivers the important rules and guidelines for appropriate use of an organization’s electronic-communication systems. Topics include:

  • Today’s workplace communications — the big picture
  • What to know about e-communications
  • Rules of monitoring and access
  • Personal Internet use in the workplace
  • Role of social networking
  • What constitutes inappropriate communications?
  • What is considered to be prohibited Internet use?
  • What to know about passwords
  • Watch-outs for working remotely
  • Violation of Internet use — now what?

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