Many employers ban access to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter - but under that banner, I notice that my own 'day job' employer has banned HubPages access (and Squidoo too .. no favourites or special treatment there).
Do we know how prevalent this is & how it might affect our numbers? SERP is high - HubPages is forever coming up in Google searches, but if you can't see the page then you can't clicky click the ads.
Feel free to take this in the 'should social networking be banned in teh workplace?' direction should you wish.
I don't know about the 'should' but with my former employer, social networking sites are banned, oh and using personal email accounts too
It was the same way for my former employer as well. They have not banned HubPages, however, I have a friend that still works there and as of last week she still could view my hubs. Which she does on her lunch hour. She a very dedicated worker.
I have another friend and her company has allows her to be on Facebook. Or I should say has not banned the social networking sites yet. But they should! This lady is on FB all throughout the day. She is a true abuser of company time... If I were her employer I would fire her.
If you would like to use hubpages anyway - look up "proxy" on google
As an employer I would be anti-social networking,I wouldnt pay for them to watch tv anyway.
As an employee, I would figure out how to get around the block if that is what i cared to do -
That's what some of us did but still our IT people caught up with them and banned those 'proxy' sites too .
there are more proxies than they will ever keep up with, but if they are that smart, doesnt seem like its a worthwhile gamble
I don't really mind for myself - work time is basically their time seeing as they are paying me for it, but it means that many people who may find our hubs in google can't actually get in to view the content. People do a lot of surfing the web at work.
Why should they allow social networking sites? If I found an employee tagging photos on facebook or playing Mafia Wars they would be straight out of the office in favour of one of the millions of people currently seeking work. If they pay somebody for 8 hours per day, with half hour lunch, and they get 6 hours work out of them..... then the employees can have no arguments when they are cut down to a 4 day week and told that the 5th day accounts for the previously unproductive time spent drooling over pictures of a girl that you havent seen since primary school.
When an employer pays an employee for his time, then it makes sense to regiment the use of that time in service of the employer's goals.
I think if more people were paid by the job or by the finished task, and not by the hour, then employers wouldn't care what employees did with their time.
I would not allow social networking in my workplace (if I had one) nor would I use it if I was employed. The company is paying their employees to work their jobs, not freelance on the side.
I read an online marketing analysis last week that said that the busiest hour online is now 11 pm in the evening.
It used to be 1 pm in the afternoon as people used their work computers to surf the internet. But complany polices have changed that; and more people now have computers in their home with good internet connections.
I think the question is: what is the busiest time online worldwide?
The busiest time on eBay is between 6-9 EST, Sunday evenings ---but that might be inflated now, since sellers reacted by ending more auctions during that period once the stats were obvious
I have seen co-workers n management just obsessed with the social sites and quick to tell or report others about wasting time I would only go on them during lunch out of respect to my employer.
I agree Dame Scribe! Personally if it is not against company policy I feel its should be o.k. to view e-mails, read hubpages, etc. during breaks and lunch hours. Its just unfortunate that there are the obsessive abusers that makes it hard on everyone.
That's what happened at my old job. When I first started the rules were very lax until someone took a porn e-mail from their personal account and sent it out to all her friends at work....And yes, a manager happen to be a friend of one of her friends and got the e-mail. So the next week we were not allowed to check our personal e-mail accounts. Shortly after that the news sites were shutdown and the social media sites.
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