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September 12, 2007



Heh. This got covered as an exerpt in some way in the Lite yesterday evening, I had it down to write a post about this evening after I'd finished work. Because, y'know, checking and reading stuff while on a call or waiting for something to complete is something I don't have a problem with, but writing a whole post would be skiving. Possibly.

But, um, you've pretty much got everything covered that I sketched out in my head to write. You missed other timewasters like office gossip, holiday snaps, etc.

In fact, I'd argue that Facebook can save time at work—put your damn wedding snaps online, then we can look at them when we feel like it, not when you cart the album around all the offices in the building...

If your staff are genuinely wasting time they would otherwise have spent working on sites like Facebook, then you have a problem, blocking Facebook is like the greeks blaming a cold on too much phlegm, deal with the actual problem, not a symptom. Alternately, just accept that networking and getting to know friends and colleagues is a good thing, helps build morale and is no real difference than, for example, stupid emails forwarding 9/11 hoax stories...

Alex Galloway

Surely the whole point is that facebook time-wasting is cheap and easy for employers to eliminate, whereas other time-wasting isn't, so it makes far more sense for an employer to block facebook than it does for him to try to eliminate, say, office gossip. Am i missing something?

Philip Hunt

How much time gets wasted in pointless meetings

I used to work at a major telecoms company, where we had meetings to decide when to have the meetings!


Although if the employees are able to waste their hours on Facebook then at least one aspect of their company's IT isn't crap.


There's also an element of the employer's assumption that they "own" the whole of their employee's time and essence during the time they sit in an office. The train of thought behind it appears to be that if employees were working flat out, more money could be made without more staff.

I sense also the sinister abstraction of "Human Resources" at work. Facebook, and sites like it help to re-humanise the often bleak corporate environment, but considering your workforce as a "Resource" to be utilised "efficiently" is either a stupid mistake or just unpleasant.

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