FIVE DO’S AND DON’TS FOR INTERNET POLICY
Make sure you have an internet policy. Develop a clear internet policy that identifies
what is acceptable and is not acceptable for employees when accessing the internet.
Include this in employment contracts and make sure when staff are inducted they are
aware of the policy.
Do not have a one size fits all mentality. You must approach the disciplinary processes
arising from the breach of the policy with an open mind and follow a fair procedure when
utilising the policy.
Don’t write the policy and put it in the bottom draw. Circulate the policy regularly so
people are aware of it. Different businesses will have different levels of need with their
internet policy but if your need is high make sure that all staff are aware by regularly
circulating the policy.
Stick to your policy. Don’t have a situation where offensive material is circulated and it is
only when someone complains that the policy kicks in. Abide by the policy at all levels.
When considering and investigating cases consider the employee’s explanation and
ensure that like cases are treated with like penalties.