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Byline: Bob Cypher

THE days of sending private email and ordering your next holiday from your workplace may be numbered, according to a new survey.

It seems that employees are choosing to email and surf the internet from home as more and more bosses crack down on personal usage at work.

The survey conducted by Amstrad em@ilerplus, the home telephone with email and internet access, reveals that 26 per cent of people with email at home, installed it because their bosses were monitoring, and even snooping through, their emails at work.

As many as 28 per cent claim they know their bosses read their emails and 39 per cent say they would get a serious disciplinary warning if they were caught surfing the internet outside their lunch hour. The survey shows that despite disapproval from bosses, people still spend on average 2.3 hours a day sending personal emails and surfing from their workplace.

Amstrad conducted this survey following a huge increase in sales of its em@ilerplus in the last month. More than 25,000 units have been sold so far this month, says the company, and Amstrad decided to question their reasons for wanting email at home.

Amstrad's commercial director Simon Sugar sounded a note of caution to those who use company time and resources to send personal e-mails and surf. ``Bosses are beginning to realise how much time their employees are spending on personal e-mails and are really cracking down,'' he said.

``Communicating by email is now a key part of our social lives, so if people are unable to email at work, then emailing at home is the only solution - people won't give up their emails easily, they rely on them far too much.''

The em@ilerplus has now halved its price to pounds 49.99, which seems like a pretty cheap and easy way to get email and internet access at home, if you don't have a computer connected to the internet, that is.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 25, 2003
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