I work at a small clinic in my town, and we spend a lot of time on our computers. All of our client information is computer based, and we have many resources we take from online. So, obviously, we spend a lot of time staring into the bright screens in front of us.
Now, I’m not saying that we slack off at work, but occasionally (as most employees do) we check our email. Checking our email at least once a day is actually part of our job, and is in our contract. Facebook, however, is not. Interestingly enough, only the computers at the reception desk have been blocked from Facebook. Ironically, the receptionists are the ones who go on Facebook the least.
In the back of our clinic, there is no block on Facebook, thus the people back there are able to surf as much as they want, as long as they delete their browsing history afterwards. In the doctor’s office, the same rule applies.
We have been told countless times that we are not to be on Facebook during company time. Do I think this is fair? Yes, I do. I don’t believe that we should be wasting time while we are supposed to be doing our jobs. However, I think that perhaps during lunch breaks we should be able to go on Facebook and surf the internet freely. It is, after all, our free time, isn’t it?
There are of course ways to get around the Facebook block, however those can also be tracked, so I usually just avoid Facebook at work.
It’s a little sad that people can’t be trusted to do the work they are being paid to do. If we could just save the social networking for when we got home, it would save so much hassle and money. Unfortunately, we are tied to our Facebook, Twitter and Myspace accounts, and it doesn’t look like we will be letting go any time soon.