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Facebook addiction in the office

If you are considering banning certain social networking sites from work, you might be interested to know that a poll conducted late last year by IT security and control firm Sophos had 14.8% admitting to accessing Facebook from work "all the time".

If you are considering banning certain social networking sites from work, you might be interested to know that a poll conducted late last year by IT security and control firm Sophos had 14.8% admitting to accessing Facebook from work "all the time." Another poll pertaining to Facebook shows that up to 50% of organizations impose some kind of control on this popular phenomena.

Users addicted to Facebook

Companies that ban Facebook

What is your opinion on Web filtering - how much do you think is reasonable and fair?

[Source: Articles from Sophos here and here]

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Sophos is a company dedicated to IT security and control offerings with a global presence. It offers protection for desktops, laptops, servers as well as email and groupware infrastructure.

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

8 comments
Nimmo
Nimmo

We have some clients who ask for sites such as my space and facebook to be blocked but other clients that either don't really care about staff access such sites or dont understand that blocking can be put into place.

axent
axent

We've tried to block Facebook here at the school, but with little more than minimal success. Our philosophy on the subject is that students are here to learn when they are in class, not browsing Facebook and slacking off. However, with the advent of multiple-site proxies, our job of blocking Facebook has gotten significantly more difficult. While having the block on will circumvent the basic user, more advanced users will flock to unblockfacebook.com or similar site to get the lastest updates on their friends. It's sad really. No matter how much we try, the average user still beats us into submission.

wildwasser
wildwasser

it's very interesting that the same number of people who access facebook at home, correlates to the same number of people who have facebook blocked at work. clearly you could say that a relatively large percentage of the 40% who access at home would access at work if they could. either that, or they are the people who decide whether to block access or not.

brian.nahodil
brian.nahodil

We do not as of yet block facebook, however it might perhaps be prudent to suggest this at our next IT Staff meeting.

londonash
londonash

I guess Facebook is another part of the web 2.o generation. Others like Squidoo, Digg, Bebo, Mayspace, Youtube, Twitter and many more I could mention. Some are for the music lovers wanting to get a break which would be myspace. You Tube sems to be the place to let your ego's fly although I have a You Tube space just so my family in Aus can get updates on my life. They also tap into my Facebook page to see my latest oics etc. I for one do rely a little on Facebook and other social sites simply for added traffic to my online business. I do try to target this traffic for what I am promoting but there is the occassional spammer that get'through. As far as Facebook n the workplace goes. Well, if it';s not Facebook it's Im with MSN, Google or any other you care to list. Facebook seems to wear off for most but at first it is an addictive place to be simply because you want 10 friends then 50, then 100 and son on. I know that after 100 I got a little boeard with the whole thing. Does facebook harm your business? Maybe? Will it go away soon? I doubt it. Will there be another just like it? I'd say yes. Should companies look at ways to levergae Facebook? Well, I'll leave that up to you to decide. Ashley Banfield http://www.onlinebusinessmarketer.com

Dyalect
Dyalect

If it is that much of an issue in your network, block access to the site and limit user access on the pc. End of story. Very few jobs (in any) require access to Facebook.

L-Mo
L-Mo

Companies have policies and employees make choices. Facebook and other social networking sites are not responsible for what people do when they should be working. The company I work for is great. They have great benifits and a wonderful work environment. They also monitor "all" network traffic. I make the choice.... do I act like an adult... or waste their money and risk losing my job.

warpman999
warpman999

Totally agree with you about this issue. Employees are hire to work and not to slack by going into social networking sites.

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