Will your fantasy-football team be ready for the weekend? Has Britney had the baby? How much are flights to Fiji? Employees are taking time to find answers to these questions and more at work, according to a new Accountemps survey on personal Internet use at the office. On average, employees spend 56 minutes a day on non-business-related e-mail, instant messaging and Internet use at work, according to estimates by the 150 senior company executives polled. Plenty of companies know they’re doing so, judging by the chart. And when the personal gets a little too personal, some firms have taken action: 26 percent have fired workers for misusing the Internet, and 25 percent have done so for e-mail misuse, according to the 2005 Electronic Monitoring & Surveillance Survey from the American Management Association and the ePolicy Institute.
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