Saturday, September 12, 2009

Cyber dieting.(industry watch). USA, LLC

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More and more workers are using their office computers to access diet Web sites these days. According to Websense Inc., a San Diego-based provider of employee Internet management solutions, allowing staff to occasionally visit these sites can boost employee morale, improve health and possibly even increase overall productivity.

The company recommends allocating a designated amount of time each day (e.g., 30 minutes) for employees to surf the Web for weight management sites and clearly communicating this policy to all staff. However, Websense also recommends underscoring certain restrictions so that company profits don't suffer.

"Providing employees with unlimited high-speed Internet access is essentially like putting a ... personal dietitian right on their desktops," says Harold Kester, chief technology officer and vice president of database operations for Websense. "The solution lies in balancing employees' needs for personal use of the Internet at work without draining overall productivity, morale or the company's bottom line."

Source Citation:Lofshult, Diane. "Cyber dieting." IDEA Health & Fitness Source 22.4 (April 2004): 12(1). Academic OneFile. Gale. BROWARD COUNTY LIBRARY. 12 Sept. 2009

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