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Corporate Internet Addiction

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Companies can learn the statistics and strategies to manage the fastest growing addiction killing corporate productivity: Internet compulsion/addiction.

Companies can learn the statistics and strategies to manage the fastest growing addiction killing corporate productivity: Internet compulsion/addiction.

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  • 1. Heather Rahn, MA, LPC Program Director rahn@besimplybe.com www.earn-eap.com www.earn-eap.com
  • 2. Self Quiz facebook
  • 3. The Internet: Can it be a problem?
  • 4. So what about the Internet?
  • 5. Definition What is addiction? • Relationship that develops between a person & object • Loss of control • Negative Consequences • Compulsivity
  • 6. SUBSTANCES Chemicals Non-Chemicals (alcohol / (behaviors) drugs) Dopamine
  • 7. Time Spent Loss
  • 8. What are the types of Internet Compulsions?
  • 9. Gambling Cybersex Cyberporn Buying Gaming Surfing
  • 10. Loss of Control Compulsion Continued use despite the negative consequences
  • 11. Guess The Statistics • Between X% of all Internet users display signs of compulsive Internet behaviors. (Stanford University School of Medicine)
  • 12. Statistics •Between 6-13% of all Internet users display signs of compulsive Internet behaviors. (Stanford University School of Medicine)
  • 13. Guess The Statistics • X in X Employees admitted to wasting an average of 1.7 hours in a typical 8.5 hour work day. (salary.com)
  • 14. Statistics • 1 in 6 Employees admitted to wasting an average of 1.7 hours in a typical 8.5 hour work day. (salary.com)
  • 15. Guess The Statistics • X% of all online purchases are made during work hours. (USA Today Tech Report)
  • 16. Statistics • 60% of all online purchases are made during work hours. (USA Today Tech Report)
  • 17. Guess The Statistics • X% of men admitted to accessing pornography at work (www.familysafemedia.com)
  • 18. Statistics • 20% of men admitted to accessing pornography at work (www.familysafemedia.com)
  • 19. Guess The Statistics • X out of X employees reported their work computers to be the primary way they accessed sexual material. (Cooper, Demonico, & Burg (2000).
  • 20. The Statistics • 6 out of 100 employees reported their work computers to be the primary way they accessed sexual material. (Cooper, Demonico, & Burg (2000).
  • 21. Why Problem? Difficult to Abstain
  • 22. Mobile Devices • Is it interfering with life? • Educating policies beyond web • Detecting incidents of abuse
  • 23. Symptoms In The Workplace • Decrease in productivity • Increase in mistakes • Less interaction with co-workers
  • 24. Symptoms In The Workplace •Startled when approached at desk • Less tolerant of workplace conditions • Excessive fatigue • Increased absence/ tardiness
  • 25. Statistics Websense, 2000 Leading Causes for Disciplinary Action or Termination Shopping 8% Investing 8% Sports Accessing 9% Pornography 47% Gaming 13% Online Chatting 15%
  • 26. Study Data • Kimberly Young, 1998 Employment Backgrounds of Internet Addiction Other- student, retire White Collar d, homemaker 39% 42% Blue Collar 11% High Tech White Collar 8%
  • 27. Considerations • Does your company have an Internet Code of Conduct? • Have all employees been educated on use? • Are Internet-access terminals in public view?
  • 28. Considerations •Recovery/Return to Work Solution- EAP • Does employee want help?
  • 29. Statistics Stanford University Internet Addiction Study 2006 Felt Percent of Respondents preoccupied by Internet when Found it offline difficult to 12% abstain from the Internet for Found Internet several days as a means of 44% escape from the real world 26% Excessive Internet use affected their relationships 18%
  • 30. Interventions • Management Training • Updating Policies –rights & responsibilities • Adding Internet use to assessment questions of HRA • Rehabilitation
  • 31. Statistics American Management Association, 2001 Survey of 1627 Managers 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 Survey of 1627 20 Managers 10 0 Monitor Monitor Use Monitor Email Internet Use Monitoring Employees Software Non Specified
  • 32. Study Data “Employers should be encouraged to implement fair and appropriate policies to offset productivity losses caused by inappropriate use of the Internet, rather than imposing zero tolerance policies that alienate employees and leave the employer susceptible to litigation.” (Young, 2001)
  • 33. Choices Rehab or Rehire? $2,000 counseling, assessments, and time off $10,000 recruit, rehire, retrain
  • 34. Where can I go to get help?
  • 35. Web Monitoring Programs • Websense.com • Spector Pro- www.spectorsoft.com • Webwatcher- www.webwatchernow.com • Webspy.com
  • 36. Web Monitoring Programs Parent Monitoring * contentwatch.com *chatchecker.com * safeeyes.com * cybersitter.com * cyberpatrol.com * netnanny.com * computercop.com * safefamilies.org
  • 37. Resources • sa.org addictionresourceguide.com • Sexualrecovery.org recoveryconnection.org • saa-recovery.org olganon.org • safefamilies.org ncadi.samhsa.gov • gamblersanonymous.org • addicted.com www.nimh.nih.gov • addict-help.com
  • 38. Movie
  • 39. How can REBOOT help? •Individualized treatment plans/strategies •Confidential clinical counseling services •Consultation & Education •Diagnostic assessments & evaluations
  • 40. A division of EARN-EAP Small companies. Large companies. Schools. Nonprofits. Government offices. Managing compulsive Internet behaviors
  • 41. Heather Rahn, MA, LPC Program Director rahn@besimplybe.com www.earn-eap.com www.earn-eap.com

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