I read with interest that many workplaces have now blocked access to Facebook to prevent access in work time. It’s a common problem that traditionally many firms have overlooked as staff download like crazy, use instant messaging and these days access Facebook and Myspace (my eyes, my eyes…) in work hours.
Sacked for chat
I worked in a voluntary position a few years ago where a very keen and very talented 16 year old was eventually dismissed for using an instant messaging application when left alone in the office though it was more what he said in the conversation about the company than his use of the messaging application. I felt the reaction was a little over the top and deserved a warning rather than a dismissal (he was 16 for gawd’s sake) as I knew for a fact that more established ‘slackers’ in the same company spent most of the day downloading music and more whilst this lad had done more real work in a few short weeks than they had done in the previous two years.
Do as I say, not as I do
Such is the selective judgment of management who tend to treat new staff more harshly and are blind to the sins of the longer established employee. I did find the dismissal hypocritical when I knew that the manager herself spent most of the day chatting on Yahoo messenger to friends and family and indulged in some serious illegal downloading herself. Life’s like that though isn’t it.