Two out of five workers in Quebec use the Internet for personal reasons at work: results of a CROP-ORHRI survey

    MONTREAL, April 2 /CNW Telbec/ - According to a CROP survey conducted for
the Ordre des CRHA et CRIA du Québec (ORHRI), close to 40% of workers in
Quebec use the Internet and e-mail for personal reasons at work.
    More specifically, 37% of Quebec workers said they often (6%), sometimes
(17%) or seldom (14%) visit Internet sites or send personal e-mails during
working hours.
    However, 55% of those surveyed reported they never use the Internet or
e-mail for personal purposes on office time. This percentage is slightly lower
among young people aged 18 to 34 (47%).
    "We can't ignore the growing role the Internet plays in our day-to-day
lives and in the workplace. Moreover, the survey results clearly indicate how
important it is for an organization to adopt a well-defined policy on this
issue and inform its employees," explained Florent Francoeur, CHRP, President
and CEO of the Ordre.

    Over 20 minutes a day online

    Those workers who surf the Net or use e-mail for personal reasons spend
an average 22 minutes a day at this activity. This figure drops to 16 minutes
however for workers aged 55 and over, compared to 23 minutes for the 18-to-34
age group.
    In addition, the survey shows that women spend an average 24 minutes per
day on the Net for personal purposes, versus 20 minutes for their male
co-workers. In the Greater Montreal region, this average climbs to 25 minutes,
in relation to only 13 minutes in the Quebec City area.
    "On the whole, Internet use for personal reasons amounts to about two
hours a week. Obviously, employers can control this behaviour through
implementing policies, but they should also be aware of the legal guidelines
governing their authority in this respect." That's why they should call on
qualified HR professionals to come up with effective and balanced solutions,"
added Florent Francoeur.

    To learn more...

    The results of this CROP-ORHRI survey are available at

    ORHRI is the primary human resources management and industrial relations
reference organization in Quebec. Recipient of a Grand Prix québécois de la
qualité 2005, it has a membership of some 8,000 dynamic professionals,
including over 6,500 CHRPs and CIRCs. It is the only organization authorized
by the Professional Code to confer the designations of certified human
resources professional and certified industrial relations counsellor. Active
in all sectors - businesses, government organizations, unions, academia,
consulting firms - CHRPs and CIRCs work in industrial relations, human
resources management, occupational health and safety and in-house professional

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