$178 Billion in Employee Productivity Lost in the U.S. Annually Due to Internet Misuse, Reports Websense, Inc.

Workers Rely on Web to Perform Personal Tasks on Company Time,

Draining Employee Output



19 Jul, 2005, 01:00 ET from Websense, Inc.

    SAN DIEGO, July 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Websense, Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   WBSN), the world's leading provider of employee internet management
 solutions, today announced that internet misuse in the workplace costs
 American corporations more than $178 billion annually in lost productivity.
 This translates into a loss of more than $5,000 per employee per year.
     Workplace internet access continues to increase, resulting in more than
 68 million U.S. employees accessing the web at work in 2005, according to the
 IDC Internet Commerce Market Model version 9.1.(1)  However, as web use
 becomes increasingly engaging and interactive, workers are spending more
 office time surfing the internet for personal reasons.  For example, a recent
 America Online and Salary.com survey reported that 44.7% of the more than
 10,000 American workers polled cited web surfing as their number one
 distraction at work.
     Furthermore, according to a recent Websense/Harris Interactive Web@Work
 survey, 50% of employees surveyed who access the internet at work admit they
 do so for both work and personal reasons.  Based upon this statistic, of the
 68 million U.S. employees who access the internet at work, approximately
 34 million spend time surfing the web for personal usage at the office.  In
 addition, the survey also states that IT decision-makers polled believe that
 employees are spending an average of 5.9 hours per week surfing the internet
 for non work-related reasons.  This time spent "cyberslacking," multiplied by
 the average U.S. salary, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor's National
 Compensation Survey, accounts for the multibillion dollar crisis facing
 American businesses.
     "The web can be a critical business tool; however, in some cases its
 misuse can offset the productivity benefits of internet access," said Leo
 Cole, vice president of marketing at Websense, Inc.  "To help companies
 maintain a positive and efficient work environment, Websense software helps
 enterprises provide a work-life balance for employees so they can enjoy
 personal surfing as an employee benefit but still remain productive during
 work hours."
     To help manage employee web surfing, the Websense(R) Master Database
 contains more than 11 million websites, divided into 90 categories, such as
 sports, travel and shopping, which organizations can use to set flexible
 filtering policies for internet usage.  According to the Web@Work survey,
 among those employees 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%).
     Websense allows organizations to institute flexible policies to
 effectively manage employee internet use.  For example, through implementing
 time-based quotas, companies may set daily limits to manage employees' access
 to non business-related websites.  Employees can visit these sites for a
 specific allotment of time each day, and are notified when they must use quota
 time to access a website.  Websense's sophisticated technology also lets
 companies filter by time of day, and provides a continue option which notifies
 a user that a website is considered inappropriate, while immediately allowing
 access to the site with prior notification that access to the site will be
 reported.
 
     About Websense, Inc.
     Websense, Inc. (Nasdaq:   WBSN), the world's leading provider of employee
 internet management solutions, enables organizations to optimize employee use
 of computing resources and mitigate new threats related to internet use
 including instant messaging, peer-to-peer, and spyware.  By providing usage
 policy enforcement at the internet gateway, on the network and at the desktop,
 Websense products enhance productivity and security, optimize the use of IT
 resources and mitigate legal liability for our customers.  For more
 information, visit www.websense.com.
 
     (C) 2005, Websense, Inc. All rights reserved.  Websense and Websense
 Enterprise are registered trademarks of Websense, Inc. in the United States
 and certain international markets.  Websense has numerous other unregistered
 trademarks in the United States and internationally.  All other trademarks are
 the property of their respective owners.
 
     (1)  IDC, document # 30949 Worldwide Internet Usage and Commerce 2004-2007
          Forecast: Internet Commerce Market Model Version 9.1, March 2004.
 
 
      MEDIA CONTACT:
      Jen Culter
      Websense, Inc.
      858 320 9511
      jculter@websense.com
 
 

SOURCE Websense, Inc.
    SAN DIEGO, July 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Websense, Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   WBSN), the world's leading provider of employee internet management
 solutions, today announced that internet misuse in the workplace costs
 American corporations more than $178 billion annually in lost productivity.
 This translates into a loss of more than $5,000 per employee per year.
     Workplace internet access continues to increase, resulting in more than
 68 million U.S. employees accessing the web at work in 2005, according to the
 IDC Internet Commerce Market Model version 9.1.(1)  However, as web use
 becomes increasingly engaging and interactive, workers are spending more
 office time surfing the internet for personal reasons.  For example, a recent
 America Online and Salary.com survey reported that 44.7% of the more than
 10,000 American workers polled cited web surfing as their number one
 distraction at work.
     Furthermore, according to a recent Websense/Harris Interactive Web@Work
 survey, 50% of employees surveyed who access the internet at work admit they
 do so for both work and personal reasons.  Based upon this statistic, of the
 68 million U.S. employees who access the internet at work, approximately
 34 million spend time surfing the web for personal usage at the office.  In
 addition, the survey also states that IT decision-makers polled believe that
 employees are spending an average of 5.9 hours per week surfing the internet
 for non work-related reasons.  This time spent "cyberslacking," multiplied by
 the average U.S. salary, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor's National
 Compensation Survey, accounts for the multibillion dollar crisis facing
 American businesses.
     "The web can be a critical business tool; however, in some cases its
 misuse can offset the productivity benefits of internet access," said Leo
 Cole, vice president of marketing at Websense, Inc.  "To help companies
 maintain a positive and efficient work environment, Websense software helps
 enterprises provide a work-life balance for employees so they can enjoy
 personal surfing as an employee benefit but still remain productive during
 work hours."
     To help manage employee web surfing, the Websense(R) Master Database
 contains more than 11 million websites, divided into 90 categories, such as
 sports, travel and shopping, which organizations can use to set flexible
 filtering policies for internet usage.  According to the Web@Work survey,
 among those employees 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%).
     Websense allows organizations to institute flexible policies to
 effectively manage employee internet use.  For example, through implementing
 time-based quotas, companies may set daily limits to manage employees' access
 to non business-related websites.  Employees can visit these sites for a
 specific allotment of time each day, and are notified when they must use quota
 time to access a website.  Websense's sophisticated technology also lets
 companies filter by time of day, and provides a continue option which notifies
 a user that a website is considered inappropriate, while immediately allowing
 access to the site with prior notification that access to the site will be
 reported.
 
     About Websense, Inc.
     Websense, Inc. (Nasdaq:   WBSN), the world's leading provider of employee
 internet management solutions, enables organizations to optimize employee use
 of computing resources and mitigate new threats related to internet use
 including instant messaging, peer-to-peer, and spyware.  By providing usage
 policy enforcement at the internet gateway, on the network and at the desktop,
 Websense products enhance productivity and security, optimize the use of IT
 resources and mitigate legal liability for our customers.  For more
 information, visit www.websense.com.
 
     (C) 2005, Websense, Inc. All rights reserved.  Websense and Websense
 Enterprise are registered trademarks of Websense, Inc. in the United States
 and certain international markets.  Websense has numerous other unregistered
 trademarks in the United States and internationally.  All other trademarks are
 the property of their respective owners.
 
     (1)  IDC, document # 30949 Worldwide Internet Usage and Commerce 2004-2007
          Forecast: Internet Commerce Market Model Version 9.1, March 2004.
 
 
      MEDIA CONTACT:
      Jen Culter
      Websense, Inc.
      858 320 9511
      jculter@websense.com
 
 SOURCE  Websense, Inc.