ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY AND MISUSE OF WORK COMPUTERS: CASE FROM SRI LANKAN SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT INDUSTRY

T. R. Liyanagunawardena, K. Samarasinghe

Abstract


Organizations introduce acceptable use policies to deter employee computer misuse. Despite the controlling, monitoring and other forms of interventions employed, some employees misuse the organizational computers to carry out their personal work such as sending emails, surfing internet, chatting, playing games etc. These activities not only waste productive time of employees but also bring a risk to the organization. A questionnaire was administrated to a random sample of employees selected from large and medium scale software development organizations, which measured the work computer misuse levels and the factors that influence such behavior. The presence of guidelines provided no evidence of significant effect on the level of employee computer misuse. Not having access to Internet /email away from work and organizational settings were identified to be the most significant influences of work computer misuse.

Keywords: Work Computer Misuse, Usage Guidelines

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