PracticeConsultingDon’t keep your eye on the ball, KPMG staff told.

Don't keep your eye on the ball, KPMG staff told.

As Wimbledon reaches its final days, it has emerged at least one Big Five firm has cracked down on personal internet use at work

KPMG has sent out an email to its 8,000 staff saying that due to very high loads on its systems, access to all sports websites will be blocked, including those carrying news of progress of the Williams sisters (above) at Wimbledon. The draconian measures were introduced after it was discovered that at lunchtime, most connections were to sports-related sites.

According to the email, the resulting overload on the firm’s systems meant engagement teams were prevented from getting the access needed to do their jobs.

Out-of-office hours access will still remain possible, but sites regarded as ‘inappropriate’ material’ will be blocked at all times.

Those attempting to access such sites will instead be greeted with a message saying access has been denied. The firm has assured staff they will not be spied on.

A spokesperson confirmed the move, saying it was a ‘prudent measure to prevent the possibility of high traffic impacting on business critical information systems’.

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