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Businesses will suffer as bosses shun internet

Transport sector employees are being hindered by bosses reluctant to use internet technology and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) believes the failure to allow the use of such technology will hinder business in the long-run.

Research from the CMI shows employers in the transport and logistics sector view internet activity as a “massive timewaster”. Two thirds (67%) monitor employee internet access and 86% block inappropriate websites.

A further 5% also retain tight control over access by imposing curfews on internet usage.

Jo Causon, director, marketing and corporate affairs at the CMI, said: “Younger managers are growing up with much greater familiarity of technology and are comfortable using technologies such as mobile video, TV on-demand, or information services such as Google and Wikipedia.

"Quite clearly, organisations need to harness the comfort levels these individuals have with internet-based resources, because failure to do so will lead to frustration and the loss of top talent at best, or worse, an open door for competitors to build advantage through a better equipped and enabled workforce.”

The data, published in association with Ordnance Survey, showed that almost half of respondents see the internet as valuable research tool.

Asked to highlight why they want to use the internet, the majority said “for professional development” (67%). Almost half (48%) said it is “useful for research” and 29% said it helps “for doing work”.

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