employee computer usage?

I run a company that prides itself in honesty and respect for its employees. At the date of hire, a very firm request was given that if employed, computer usage would be limited to business only activity. Monitoring the activity was not something I wished to do, as I trust my employees to respect the strict rules. I sent a very valueable employee home yesterday who has been with my company for a very long time and has climbed the ladder successfully. I sent him home because of an incident that could influence his future with my company. He fired an employee last week for personal computer usage and she said right in front of me that he was guilty of worse. When she left, I asked him about it. He discussed personal issues with me that have caused him a lot of stress and he admitted to computer usage at work to look at pornographic sites. I told him to go home and take a break this afternoon so I could think things over. He is a very valueable employee that the company has invested a lot of time and money into. He just let an employee go for simply checking her personal email. What do I do about both her and his employment? Should I take this as a way to start fresh by letting both go and running my company differently by filtering computer usage? That is what I am siding with, but I would like to hear more opinions before I make a final decision.

Asked By: - 6/4/2012
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I was never assigned to find porn on computers or servers but in the course of doing my regular sys admin job I ran into it. I had to report it. There were employees escorted out of work by Security and who lost their jobs over this issue. Don't ask me why someone would risk so much but this is a strong addiction and... More
Answered By: Richard L - 6/4/2012
Additional Answers (3)
You should enter the 21st century and realize you'll never stop people from wasting time while on the job.
Answered By: Wisdom - 6/4/2012
If you have internet access, people will waste their time somehow. However, does that mean you need to be a jerk about their usage? No... More
Answered By: Bad Wolf - 6/4/2012
My son works an as I.T. support officer for a large company and part of his role is monitoring... More
Answered By: Jan409 - 6/4/2012
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