ABUSE OF INTERNET SERVICES IN THE WORKPLACE AND THE EMERGENCE OF ADDICTION Print

Mateja Gorenc, Borka Jerman Blažič, Anita Goltnik Urnaut

Abstract

Employees who abuse Internet privileges have become a major concern among today's employers. Employees misuse Internet at the workplace due to the overcrowded schedule, pressures at work, etc. Internet for private purposes is also used as a release or escape from work, escape from the reality of the workplace or due to poor organizational climate; it can be used as an efficient use of time at work but it can also be excessively used when the employees are not monitored. The survey results show that there is a correlation between Internet addiction and misuse of the Internet in the workplace. Electronic monitoring has a strong impact on the abuse of the Internet. More electronic monitoring will decrease the abuse of the internet services in the workplace and vice versa. Organizational climate, relations in the working organization, the Internet policy and demographic factors do not affect the abuse of Internet services in the workplace.

Key words: addiction to the Internet, organizational climate, relations in the working organization, the Internet policy, e-monitoring.

Mateja Gorenc, a doctoral student of Business Informatics, with a Master’s degree in Business studies and a university graduate in mathematics, employed in the sector of information technologies in the service of the programming and management of applications (mateja.gorenc(at)gmail.com)

Borka Jerman Blažič - Institut “Jožef Štefan” Ljubljana, Slovenia (borka(at)e5.ijs.si)

Anita Goltnik Urnaut - Faculty of Commercial and Business Sciences Celje, Slovenia (anita.urnaut(at)sc-sg.si)

Cite this article:
Gorenc Mateja, Jerman Blažič Borka, Anita Goltnik Urnaut. ABUSE OF INTERNET SERVICES IN THE WORKPLACE AND THE EMERGENCE OF ADDICTION. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.9, no.2:116-136, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2016-no2-art7

Digital Object Identifier(DOI): http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2016-no2-art7

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