Annual Cost Calculator for Unproductive Internet Usage

Ever so often new reports and findings on organizational cost of employees’ unproductive Internet usage are published. As a developer of Internet reporting software, that assists in reducing these costs, we naturally highlight the findings whenever we can. Simply to make companies aware that the cost of a WebSpy license is marginal in relation to the cost savings that can be achieved from using our software.

Here’s some news-worthy statistics you might have come across recently:

Employee Computer & Internet Abuse Statistics

  • 30 to 40% of Internet use in the workplace is not related to business
  • 64% of employees say they use the Internet for personal interest during
    working hours
  • 70% of all Internet porn traffic occurs during the nine-to-five work day
  • Internet abuse costs Irish SMBs €580 million per year
  • The FIFA World cup will cost American companies about $121.7 million in lost productivity


Your Organizational Costs

So what does this mean to your organization? What percentage of the above costs does your company contribute? Quick, locate information on the number of companies in your country from the local bureau of statistics and divide it with the latest unproductive Internet usage costs …or… click link to nifty little ‘Annual Cost Calculator’ below.


Annual Cost Calculator for Unproductive Internet Usage


Annual Cost Calculator - Unproductive Internet Usage


How to use it

All you need to do is to:

  • Click image link above to navigate to calculator
  • Enter number of employees in your organization
  • Enter average employee cost per hour
  • Click ‘Calculate’

The calculator will work its magic and display an overview for different yearly cost scenarios depending on minutes of unproductive browsing per day and the percentage of employees engaging in unproductive Internet usage.

  • Average Employee Cost per Hour: If you’re not sure about your average employee cost the US Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated it to be approximately $29 per hour in March 2010 (including salary, overhead costs, benefits, payroll taxes, etc.).
  • Percentage of Employees Engaging in Unproductive Internet Usage: Latest statistics estimates that approximately 64% of employees use the Internet for non-work related interest during work hours.
  • Unproductive Usage – Minutes per day: Latest poll figures indicates at least 1-2 hours (60 – 120 minutes) per day.



  • You must navigate away from this page to be able to use it. Sorry, this a php blog platform, a language I am far from fluent in or would ever dream of trying to incorporate with JavaScript. I’m a marketing person for crying out loud – cut me some slack.
  • It only takes unproductive costs into consideration. To get the true number you also need to consider bandwidth costs, legal liability costs (such as sexual harassment or hostile workplace law suits because you, as an employer, didn’t do anything to prevent inappropriate or illegal Internet usage), costs related to network disruptions or slowdowns because all your employees are streaming the World Cup, and so on.
  • It doesn’t consider other human factors. It isn’t an artificially intelligent calculator that can simulate a real office environment and factor in variables such as motivation and how a certain amount of unproductive (or ‘Workplace Internet Leisure Browsing’ (WILB) as coined by Melbourne University study) can actually increase employee concentration levels and helps make a more productive workforce.

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By | 2010-06-24T07:59:39+00:00 June 24th, 2010|Sales and Marketing, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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