There are many reasons why employers and managers may want or need to monitor employee internet usage during work hours. Your company may already state Internet monitoring as a standard IT policy for anyone using your employer’s connection.
Monitoring employee internet usage enables managers to keep track of what employees are doing on the internet during work hours, and after hours through the employer’s internet connection.
Fastvue reporter allows you to filter alerts and reports by hours in the day. To do this go to the ‘Reports’ tab and select your report type and open the filters interface.
You can select the ‘Hour’ field then select all the hours that correspond to your usual work hours. For example, all hours between 8am and 5pm, excluding 12pm for their lunch break.
Once you’ve made this filter you can save it for future reference – simply select the load filter button next time you’re running a future report.
You can also select the ‘Not Equal to’ option from the ‘Operator’ field to report on what’s happening on your machines outside of work hours.
These filters can be applied to Overview Reports to view summarised bandwidth, productivity, firewall and network information or Activity Reports to view a chronological list of browsing sessions with a full list of URLs with time stamps.
See how quick Fastvue Reporter can produce these reports in the following video, or download a trial for your Firewall here
There are many advantages of monitoring employee internet usage the most obvious being to help drive an increase in company productivity. Employees who understand their activity is being monitored are far less likely to spend their time on the clock engaging in social media and other non-work-related websites.
Vice versa, monitoring internet usage also provides an opportunity to acknowledge when employees are doing the right thing which helps in building stronger bonds between employees and employer.
Some other benefits monitoring employee internet usage can derive for your company may include but aren’t limited to; avoiding breaches of company policy, increasing network safety and encouraging proper use of company internet and building a better company culture. There are tools available to IT and network security teams to assist with streamlining this process, as explored here with our Fastvue Reporter software.
If you’re looking to generate reports on internet usage during work hours as well as reports that show you what’s happening outside of work hours look no further than Fastvue. Fastvue Reporter's simple filtering options make it easy!
To get started, head to fastvue.co and download the free 30-day trial of the Fastvue Reporter product for your firewall. You'll be up and running in minutes.
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