Acceptable Use Policy Most businesses provide Wi-Fi and Internet access, as well as compatible computers or devices, to employees while they are at work. While the intention is for employees to use the Internet for work-related purposes, employees often find it easy to become distracted with other activities on the Internet, such as social media, checking personal email messages, playing games, or visiting websites for entertainment. These activities can degrade Internet access for others or lead to poor performance, as well as expose the company to malware or other risks. Many businesses create an acceptable use policy (AUP) that outlines how employees should use the Internet. It also may outline consequences for unauthorized Internet use. Do This: Locate two AUPs published online. Compare the two policies and then create a policy you believe would be fair to employees of a small business. Include guidelines for Internet use during breaks, use of smartphones, and restrictions for using social media.