A business owner today is very aware that the Internet is a double edged sword. Your business needs it so employees can do their jobs efficiently but it can also be a major distraction and negatively affect productivity. For this week’s tip, here are three ways that you can cut back on Internet distractions and maximize productivity.
When under taking a task like this, you’re going to need something a little more persuasive than a new internet use policy. The lure of cat videos is way too strong for a mere policy to curtail. To reduce time lost to the distractions available on the net you’re going to need something more powerful. One alternative is to use a content filtering solution from Quikteks.
Decide How Much Monitoring You Need.
As the decision maker, you’re the one making the call about which websites will or will not be allowed on your network. Content filtering allows you to be as strict or as lenient about Internet viewing as you want. This means making some tough decisions and sticking to them. Do you lock everything down and block every site that’s remotely fun? Do you monitor every employee keystroke? Or do you just block the explicit websites and boost morale by allowing your staff more viewing freedom? Only you can make this important decision.
Set and Communicate Policy.
Setting a clear Internet policy on what’s not acceptable for viewing will not fix everything, but it is still an important part of the content filtering process. Everything will go smoother if an employee knows ahead of time what they aren’t allowed to look at. Clear signals must be sent when communicating your company’s Internet-use policy.
Outsource Your Network Monitoring.
Effective content filtering requires constant monitoring. This means staying on top of the latest time-wasting websites and adding them to the blacklist. You also need to monitor for and block the latest security threats and regularly review your employee’s browsing history. Do you have time for all of this? If you don’t, then you can outsource this responsibility to Quikteks. By utilizing our network monitoring tools, we can take care of all of this monitoring for you by remotely accessing to your network. This will free you up to get more work done, which is the point of content filtering.
By being too lenient about what is permitted over your company’s Internet connection, you will end up losing hours of productivity and open up your network to some serious security threats. You can’t afford to take this kind of risk for the sake of granting access to a few favorite websites. Call Quikteks today at (973) 882-4644 to take charge of your Internet.