Internet Access at work...

  interzone55 14:52 11 Mar 2010

I suppose this could be a subset of the human rights discussion, but here goes.

When I started with my current employer we had totally unrestricted internet access, but then we were bought by a US globocorp, and the access is gradually being whittled away.

First went access to sites like the National Lottery and ladbrooks, then went You Tube, Facebook etc. No problems there.

Then games sites and anything that could possibly be construed as "top shelf", again no problem there.

Until a few weeks back we still had access to BBC sport and the cricket ticker, but then our web stopped completely, and was down for 3 days.

It turns out that several people in Canada and US had been watching a live stream of the various ways a sliding that make up the Winter Olympics and this killed our global web connection.

The mandarins over in globocorp IT bunker have now cut off almost everything that could be construed as entertainment and limited us to BBC news (no sport or entertainment sections) and newspapers, plus business relevant sites.

I personally have no problem with this (except maybe cutting off, but you should here the moaning in our office because their daily dose of porn has been cut off.

So, what is your employers internet policy is probably my question

  babybell 15:23 11 Mar 2010

In my work, all forms of streaming media are banned. If there is a news article on the BBC website that contains a video, it won't load, but I could read the same article elsewhere, without the video on, just fine.

You Tube is blocked but Facebook is ok but I cannot go on the national lottery website to check my ticket.

  canarieslover 15:33 11 Mar 2010

I worked for Ford Motor Co. and their's is allocated on a 'need to access' basis. The only employees with unlimited access are Area Managers and above and Supply Chain personnel that need to contact the outside world. I was quite happy with that policy as, as far as I am concerned, it's a place of work, not entertainment. When I have been into outside suppliers and seen what unlimited access can do to productivity I was amazed that it was allowed. People seemed to see it as a right to be able to book holidays, search for insurance etc.,whilst still being paid for it!! More timewasting than mobile phones even. I have recently had some improvements done at home and told one of the chaps that he could spend a lot of time on his mobile if he didn't mind me deducting the time from his final bill. He stopped using it after that. I was bought up to give 'a good days work for a good days pay'. Am I a dinosaur for expecting others to work to the same maxim?

  DANZIG 15:50 11 Mar 2010

We have vaguely unlimited access. So far everything I've looked at has worked. All except Hotmail. Thank the lord for my G2.

  tullie 16:00 11 Mar 2010

Would be a shame if you dident have access,and actually had to work!

  wee eddie 16:07 11 Mar 2010

you are employed to spend your time for the benefit of the Company.

Why do you feel that there should be entertainment available to you?

  Forum Editor 17:38 11 Mar 2010

private telephone calls at the desk were totally banned. If you wanted to make a personal call you had to use a coin-operated phone in the lobby.

I swore that if I ever rose through the ranks high enough to do something about that I would. Eventually I got there, and I put a stop to the silly rule - people in my team could - within reason - phone who they liked, when they liked at the company's expense. It resulted in a much happier atmosphere, and a massive amount of team loyalty.

Nowadays the internet is an indispensable business tool, and with that has come a problem - human nature being what it is, there will always be those who abuse any privilege, and internet access is a case in point. I advise clients to lay down strict rules, and then trust people. If the trust is abused then the privilege is withdrawn, and if it's abused a second time there's a disciplinary process to deal with it.

Treat people like children and they'll behave like children, it's not rocket science. With goodwill on both sides there's no reason why a compromise situation can't be arrived at. If someone tries to steal the company's bandwidth by downloading the Beatles' back catalogue it can easily be spotted, and just as easily stopped.

  peter99co 17:44 11 Mar 2010

Access at work? We can't even get access to RADIO.

The staff reception has ony limited access.

If a laptop is plugged in it needs to be checked by electrician first for H & S

  wiz-king 18:01 11 Mar 2010

That could cause megga problems.*grin*

  Hercule Marple 18:05 11 Mar 2010

available to you?"

That's exactly what I was wondering, lol.

  Forum Editor 18:20 11 Mar 2010

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I don't,I hasten to add.

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