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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 9:39 am    Post subject: Should I block facebook in office? Reply with quote

There are a lot of stories and studies about negative impact of facebook on productivity of employees. I have a small company and I would like to block facebook access on company computers but could that cause unrest!? I am not sure how employees will react. If i decide to do that, what is the best way?
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why would you? You hired these people presumably, so why treat them like children that cannot be trusted to act responsibly whilst at work?
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I think it could cause unrest. If you feel uneasy about it, why not just clarify your expectations. For instance, that you expect it only to be used during the lunch hour and not at other times, unless of course they are using it to further the business.

Do you feel that its use is a problem in your workplace at the moment?
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ban phonecalls as well as they are 3 times as distracting as Facebook.

http://www.managers.org.uk/practical-support/management-community/blogs/where-your-cave#comment-11391
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...and talking! Wink
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you concerned about the time lost to it or that they might be doing things that might harm the company image?

If you are changing from it being OK to banned it may cause resentment so you might be well advised to sugar coat it one way or another.

If it is a well established by custom and practice it will be more delicate.
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is facebook used in businees purpose? If not then block it!
What they do in your company is your business and they should work instead of hanging out on facebook, that's very clear. I have blocked it in my company and there was no problems with unrest. My advice is to block it but leave it unblocked on break time, and in my company it's done with software (FB Limiter)
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:57 am    Post subject: Re: Should I block facebook in office? Reply with quote

xenikot wrote:
There are a lot of stories and studies about negative impact of facebook on productivity of employees. I have a small company and I would like to block facebook access on company computers but could that cause unrest!? I am not sure how employees will react. If i decide to do that, what is the best way?


Employees use facebook in free time, but many companies block facebook and need work and work form employees. But according to my point of view employees also need some rest at office timing and they pass their rest time by using facebook (chat with friends and family members).

The best way is increased the amount of work or give target and time period of word if they complete the work in your given time period then you allow the employees to use social networks like facebook and twitter,
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

maybe if they're surfing Facebook during worktime, the company hasn't got them sufficiently engaged in their job

instead of wasting time penalising the workers, perhaps the company needs to think about how to better motivate them

banning things in the workplace is a sign of bad management
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You pay the salaries, you pay for the internet connection ... just ban the bloomin' thing!

Employees who feel they are "entitled" to FB access during work hours (or breaks) are employees who need taking down a peg or two.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

why not stop them going to the loo too
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

...because they might ruin the chairs that you've also paid for. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Research from the University of Melbourne has proven that allowing social media access at work increases productivity, not decreases it.

http://www.adigaskell.org/blog/2011/11/07/should-social-media-be-banned-at-work/
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 8:51 am    Post subject: Should I block facebook in office ? Reply with quote

Being a business owner i will advice you to ban this immediately at your office because it really effects the productivity of the employees.So just do this.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:30 am    Post subject: Hi Reply with quote

It depends upon the situation.

But for me you should block Facebook in your office in order for the employee to concentrate with their work. But on the other hand, you can also not block Facebook but limit the usage of that social media.


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