One of the most noticeable trends in the workplace over the past five years has been the increase in Internet usage and consequently, abuse of the Internet.

Whilst the Internet can be without doubt an invaluable resource in the workplace for research and information, nonetheless the potential for abuse is great. Abuse could range from doing the weekly shop during company time through to downloading material of a pornographic nature.

It is vital to define what the company’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) constitutes and to explain this policy to everyone in the company, as well as making clear the potential outcomes should that be abused.