Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Ford staff given fortnightOn 12 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Employees at Ford have been given a two-week amnesty in which to removeinternet porn and other offensive material from their computers. The amnesty was launched after the motor company discovered that some staff areworried they may be unwittingly storing offensive material and do not know howto delete it. Ford’s HR department provided staff with detailed instructions on how toremove non-work related files from computers, and gave them a two-weekdeadline. Maria Antoniou, Ford’s HR director, reminded employees of the firm’s zerotolerance policy on the storage of offensive material and warned of strictdisciplinary action if anything is discovered after the amnesty. “This is a routine reminder to make sure our employees are aware of thecompany’s position on the misuse of computers. “Ford has a zero tolerance policy on the use of material that canoffend others. Anyone accessing, transmitting or storing offensive orinappropriate material will be subject to disciplinary action,” she said. Last year Ford suspended three employees at its Dagenham plant in Essexafter they were discovered accessing pornographic material on the internet. – According to a survey released last week, more than half of UK employees admitto misusing their company’s e-mail system. In the research, by internet filtering company SurfControl and research firmNOP, three out of 10 respondents said they send racist, sexist, pornographicand discriminatory e-mails while at work. And almost four out of 10 admitted to using e-mail to backstab colleagues tofurther their own careers. By Ross Wigham Related posts:No related photos.