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The Internet has achieved the status of a necessity in this modern, networked world of ours. It would be indeed very hard for any of us to imagine a world bereft of e-mail, websites, search engines and the like. Some of the most popular and absorbing sites that the world has witnessed are social networking sites, which have millions of patrons and are a very useful and widespread means of online networking as well as socializing. Social networking sites are quite popular as these sites help people in connecting with and to keep in touch with friends, colleagues and ex-colleagues, former classmates, relatives and even net friends too. Many of these social networking sites come along with attractive features like chat and e-mail that make online interaction a pleasure and something to look forward to.

The problem occurs when employees at office get addicted or hooked to social networking sites. It has been observed lately that a lot of net savvy people have the propensity to display signs of addiction to these sites even when they are in office premises and during office time. It is not as if people are content to use their personal time or visit social networking sites only at home. A lot many people have been found to be furtively and often clandestinely visiting social networking sites even while working, to check out the latest messages or scraps left for them on their personal profiles. While it may not be offensive to perhaps spend 5 minutes a day to check such a site, the enormity of the issue and the problem it poses can be gauged by the fact that some employees spend more than half an hour to a full hour each day cumulatively visiting these sites. This eats into their personal productivity. When this is taken together for all employees, the damage could be quite substantial as it constitutes ‘goofing up’ on the job.

Companies have various options available to them to deal with employees who are net addicted. For one, companies need to sensitize employees towards their net usage policy. The penalties for violation of the net usage policy should be spelt out and also enforced stringently in order to drive home the message that the company means business when it comes to net discipline. In addition, there are a host of software applications and firewalls that can restrict the usage of certain sites that are prohibited for use during working hours. In any case, at the end of the day, it all boils down to employee’s discipline and compliance with laid down norms and guidelines.

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Posted: 01/07/2011 13:38:37

This tool is useful for people who are addicted to social networking

http://www.socialnetworkcontroller.com/index.php?lang=en
Or
www.socialnetworkcontroller.com

Visit the link You can control the access to social networks like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Linkedin, Flickr, Badoo, Bebo, Habbo, Hi5, YouTube and MSN.


Posted: 01/07/2011 13:37:25

This tool is useful for people who are addicted to social networking
http://www.socialnetworkcontroller.com/index.php?lang=en
Visit the link You can control the access to social networks like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Linkedin, Flickr, Badoo, Bebo, Habbo, Hi5, YouTube and MSN.


Posted: 22/01/2011 23:00:22

An excellent article in view of how an organization needs to tweak and customize its internet usage policy. Although this article highlights the misuse of internet, with focus on the emphasis of personal usage in office timings, some employees may be allowed to use the social networking sites to enhance their skills and learning under proper guidelines. Example, a programmer or a manager may use it to resolve issues on hand where solutions may not be available internally. Another is the way recruiters and some HR personnel use it to reach out to candidates and verify details of new joinees, cater to organizational needs of the hour. Specially recruiters use of extensive social networking sites is increasing by the day rather than the use of conventional methods to reach out to potential employees.


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