50% of employees access Internet for personal reasons

52% of employees surveyed by WebSense stated that they would rather give up their morning java than Internet access at work, while only 44% would give up their internet access for coffee. 93% of all respondents said they spend at least some time accessing the internet at work. This is up from 86% in 2004. 50% of employees surveyed who access the internet at work do so for both work and personal tasks. Among those employees surveyed who use the web during the work day for personal reasons, the most popular non work-related websites accessed are news (81%), personal email (61%), online banking (58%), travel (56%) and shopping (52%).

Among those employees surveyed who access the internet at work, men are more likely than women to view online pornography at work. Whether it was by accident or on purpose, 23% of men surveyed who access the internet at work said they had visited a porn site on company time, while only 12% of their female counterparts had done so. Of those surveyed who admitted to viewing x-rated sites at work, 17% of men and 11% of women admitted it was intentional. Interestingly, in the 2004 Web@Work survey, of the women that indicated they had visited a porn site at work, all (100%) of them said their porn site visits were unintentional.