Blocking Facebook is Ridiculous

Posted 9 years ago by Evan Tishuk

I've never understood blocking social networking websites from employees (unless it's pornographic). If an employee is spending a majority of their working hours on Facebook, don't block Facebook. Find a better, more inspired, person for the job. Figure out how to motivate that person. See if their Facebook network could provide some sales leads. Or, perhaps, fire them.

Under-talented and over-protective police managers help make large corporations absolutely blood curdling to work for. I'm sure it's 100% legal for employers to restict network access, but I'd argue that it's also 100% un-American. If I wanted my internet freedoms restricted I'd either move to North Korea or back in with my parents.


dave ~ 9 years ago

Or help AT&T with their whole subscription based internet hierarchy.

Jim F. ~ 9 years ago

It's more annoying than anything else for me. Not that I'd spend all day on them or anything, but we've needed to access some of these blocked sites for work-related purposes. Blocked sites include: Facebook, Twitter (just recently, I think they're spying on me), YouTube, Getty Images (for inappropriate content...had to fight to get that one opened up), the iPhone site (even though my boss has one and uses it for work-related things) just to name a few.

Lord ~ 9 years ago

What about blocking them in the public library system on the public computers? That is the case for GCLS (my lovely employer). Personally I am kind of hung up on this policy. On one hand I am glad that it keeps the number of teens just fucking around on facebook and myspace out of here, also there have been claims of gang related activity in regards to social networking sites in the library, and the whole online predators thing. But on the other hand some people actually use social networking sites for legitimate purposes such as business and just being able to keep in touch with people. The Internet has been changing a lot over the last couple of years and very likely will continue to change. My concern is that when you start censuring certain things then you are more inclined to censure others. Obviously you don't want your employees wasting time on non-work related shit online, obviously we don't want people in the library watching porn, but where do we draw the line between what is acceptable and what isn't? Why can't we trust people just a little bit? If they do shit they shouldn't be doing let them know, reprimand them, hell fire them if you have too, but I just can't accept that something like facebook or other social networking sites need to be altogether banned either in the work place and/or the library.

dave ~ 9 years ago

That's one of the reasons I no longer go to the library for wireless access. Blocking it on the hardwired computers is one thing, blocking access to the sites on someone's personal computer is another. But not only this, there is a terrible air of inconsistency with the blocking policies regarding social networking sites.

You guys are hitting the nail on the head: don't punish the whole for the sake of rectifying the few. Personally, there's nowhere near enough material going on between my friends that would cause me to log hours on end on Facebook. I personally am not that voyeuristic, but if employees are obviously getting that bored, I think you should find new ways to keep them involved in their work before resulting to the ultimate end of handing them a pinkslip and a kick in the batootey.

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