Your consulting services have been requested by the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. The CEO is concerned about the use of the internet at work and employs your consulting services to discuss her concerns. Primarily, she is concerned that employees might be abusing the internet and is wondering what repercussions the company might face in a variety of legal areas, specifically with respect to the legal environment of business, ethics, and human resources issues. She is also concerned with preventing abuse of the internet at all levels, from low-level employees to the Board of Directors.
Identify two policies that this CEO could put in place to curb the potential for abuse of the internet at work, with one policy that addresses low-level employees and one policy that is targeted for the board of directors. Keep in mind the business judgment rule with respect to the latter policy and discuss whether it might ever be invoked to enforce or ignore such a policy. roffer some clear recommendations to the CEO about how to improve overall corporate governance by reducing the potential for abuse of the internet at work.
Clearly address ethical issues that arise regarding your policies; note that ethical issues might exist on behalf of the employee if your policies are not utilized, but ethical issues might exist on behalf of the employer if the polices are implemented.
In the context of the given question, two important policies that the CEO must put in place immediately must be –
1. Blocking all social media/e-commerce shopping portals and all downloading of unauthorized software from the internet on the company computer systems.
2. Each employee will get a login ID which they will have to use to clock in when they begin work work and exit when they finish their shift. This way it will be easier to track the content that each emploee views during the day and any obscene/illegitimate sites viewed by them will be taken for disciplinary action against them by the company.