The Worker’s Perspective
In this age of cell phones, pagers, wireless PDAs, e-mail, and home network links, many employees may feel like the employer owns them not just during the workday, but perhaps constantly. Though tiresome, the worker may accept this as an unfortunate circumstance of 21st century knowledge work. However, in the tit-for-tat that this availability demands, the employee may feel that he or she should be allowed to use the Internet at work to take care of quick business tasks such as paying bills, sending an e-mail, or checking that evening’s movie listings. So long as it isn’t excessive, the employee may wonder why the employer even cares. Employers can and do care for many reasons, some more profound than others.