Save Money With Wavecrest Products

Save Money With Wavecrest Products

Wavecrest products can save much more than they cost. They do this by helping to preclude or drive down costs in at least four areas: productivity, bandwidth, legal liability, and security. Take a look at some facts.

1.  Productivity

  • The average worker admits to frittering away 2.09 hours per 8-hour workday, not including lunch and scheduled break-time (America Online and survey, 2006).
  • The average administrative employee costs a company $37.84 per hour–including salary, overhead costs, benefits, payroll taxes, etc. (United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 2008).
  • Lost productivity costs the company $75.68 per day per employee (2 hr x $37.84).
  • Average employee works 240 days per year.
  • Yearly loss per employee is $18,163 (240 x $75.68).
  • Loss per 1000 employees is $18,163,200 per year.
  • Average cost for a Wavecrest Internet filtering or monitoring product with a 1000-employee license is $3,500 per year ($3.50 per user).

Conclusion: Cost of license is less than two-tenths of one percent of the cost of lost productivity.

2.  Bandwidth

Reliable studies indicate that as much as 70% of a company's bandwidth is being consumed by nonproductive pursuits. Activities such as video or audio streaming online and downloading movies or MP3s are especially damaging. For comparison, here are the relative sizes of several media files:

Media file Size (in KB)
Microsoft Word file with instructions on how to access e-mail accounts
Image of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center
Photo from the September 2002 issue of Time Magazine
MP3 version of Metallica's hit song "Nothing Else Matters"
Episode of "The Simpsons" where Lisa becomes a vegetarian
Version of the video game "Tomb Raider"
Compressed version of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"

While difficult to quantify, it’s quite clear that eliminating or significantly reducing bandwidth abuse can improve network performance and preclude or decelerate the need for increased bandwidth.

3.  Legal Liability

Web-related legal costs typically result from employees visiting pornography sites. Many studies show this to be a serious problem. In fact, according to SexTracker, 70 percent of all Internet porn traffic occurs during the 9-to-5 workday, and one in five workers accesses cybersex at work. This type of activity puts the employer at serious risk of being sued by other workers who are offended or upset by being exposed to pornographic images. Such suits usually take the form of ‘sexual harassment’ or ‘hostile workplace’ litigation and can be very costly in terms of damage to reputation as well as legal costs.

4.  Security

Studies show that approximately twenty percent of personal use of the Internet by employees involves activities that pose potential threats to employer network security. Examples include file sharing, the use of malicious code, spyware, and more. Like bandwidth abuse, the associated costs are difficult to quantify, but such activities can easily result in network disruptions, slowdowns, and/or loss or compromise of proprietary data; these all come with a cost.

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