Is it effective to ban facebook in office?

Indonesia
May 10, 2009 9:11pm CST
As you know, right now facebook is really infectious among people. Many of us check facebook as we opening our office computer right away. But some office has policy to ban facebook (or any social network website : myspace, friendster etc). The reason behind this it is because they say it reduce employees productivity. I know some people that regularly check fb almost every hour but I think many of us also only open facebook once in a while during lunch or before going home. And also, many ways to open facebook, such as via our mobile phone, blackberry etc. So do u think is it effective to ban fb? Is it really reduce employee productivity? How often you check fb in working hours? Share your opinion here. Thanks
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6 responses
• United States
11 May 09
I do not have a facebook, and I have no intentions of getting one. I do think it is effective to ban facebook in the office. It is easy to block certain webpages on the company access to the internet. I would bet that facebook is blocked from my work computer. If a person was spending a lot of time on their cell phone to access facebook, I am sure that others woud notice the cell phone usage. It would be easy for a supervisor to approach someone about this. In many offices, it would be a reason to get fired. Accessing facebook - whether from the computer or the cell phone - on company time is stealing. They are paying you to work, not to entertain yourself online. In some offices, the use of cellphones is also banned. So it would be impossible for people to access facebook. I do think that the social network sites and internet addiction is a huge problem for companies. There are probably many millions of dollars lost each year due to employees not being productive.
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• Indonesia
12 May 09
You are one of the few person right now that does not have facebook =) Be sure not to open a new account, cause if you open that, your life will not be the same again :)))
@russso (1701)
• Philippines
12 May 09
I don't see anything wrong with banning Facebook in the office. Well, I have actually experienced this. When FB was still new, we were allowed to access the site. However, when it became popular and almost everyone in the office has an FB account -- that's when our IT group started to ban it. Yes, it does reduce the productivity of employees. My previous boss, who was a Senior Vice-President then, was seen Facebook-ing during a very important meeting. Someone was reporting and it was just unfortunate that he was not listening to the person in front because he was too engrossed with FB. If it will be beneficial for a company, then it's okay to ban it especially if employees are on it most of the time. We all know how Facebook devours our time. It can be so addicting once your logged on and you don't usually notice how much time has passed. We have to remember that there is a time for everything... If you're in the office, you ought to be working and not Facebook-ing. :D
@eltobh (231)
• Indonesia
17 May 09
Wahh..Russo..that's story of your previous boss is funny :).. People are really addicted by Facebook, I guess..
@russso (1701)
• Philippines
18 May 09
Hahaha. Yeah. He is the President & CEO of the company now and he has gone beyond his Facebook Aficionado phase. He's turned into a hard core Facebook Addict now! Hahaha.
• Indonesia
11 Sep 09
Gosh, it's a really bad thing to be caught facebooking in a situation like that. I'm not a facebook addict, but I do know when the right time to open facebook. I think cause the person is Senior VP, he thinks that nobody will report him :) Yeah, if there are legit proof that facebooking reduce productivity, I also agree that facebook must be banned. Thanks for the response russo
@prinzcy (5058)
• Malaysia
11 May 09
Nah, I don't it will work. Despite how the administrator try to ban any sites passing through the office network, it will never work. My office mates seem able to pass through any restriction (via ways that they refuse to tell) to view any site that they wish (that include adult sites) So why bother blocking? Besides, I don't view Facebook as a bad thing.
• Indonesia
12 May 09
My office allows facebook and other social networks. They only ban mail services (because we have lotus notes) and chatting service such as ym, msn, meebo, etc. I think they also view facebook not as a threat to the productivity. I also think fb is a positive website, sometimes we get so stressful with our job and it will be fun to open fb once a while to relieve our stress. What I hate is the people who open facebook all the time. I wonder were they really do their job? Thanks for the response prinzcy!
@hotsummer (10436)
• Philippines
17 May 09
i don't have an account in facebook. i have seen it though. and i don't see any thing unusual or any thing that is addictive in using it. i think that it is just right to ban it on the work place cause we should work in the office and give our time to it. even though we have done our job i think that the office hast he right if they will not allow cause they are paying us. if people get bored they should do something else .
@pengbubu (1015)
• China
15 May 09
I have a Facebook account, I don't check it often as I don't have many international friends. But I check my Xiaonei once a day. It's website similar with Facebook, It's a chinese site, very popular in China. I think it's easy to ban the specific website, but I don't think it's necessary. I agree with the idea that we can control ourself. We don't need to be restricted. Have a good time! Sophisticated.
• China
12 May 09
I don't think a ban on facebook or other social websites will improve people's productivity very effectively. After all, no one could work every minute in office. They need a little rest to relax their nerve. So I think logging on a make-friends website in moderation is not a terrible behavior. Keeping high effiency is better than working long time.