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This just in from the TechCrunch news desk… Facebook access banned on Telstra corporate computers. The horror, the shock, the atrocity of it all. Two employees are reported to resist eating lunch until the access is restored and the Web team have chained themselves to an old AS/400 server just to show how important Facebook is!
We will have reporters on the scene in 24 hours (it's a long trip!) and hope that all heck has not broken loose.
Now, let's get serious for a minute. Companies have the right to do whatever they see fit with their network. You signed an agreement when you started working there. If the company decides to block x site or y use, that's the choice. It's your choice to remain employed with said company or not.
They have reportedly turned Facebook back on, so I have gone ahead and cancelled the charter plane to cover the story from the ground. Cameron Reilly says, "I explained that any half-intelligent employer in the 21st century should be measuring their employees by their OUTPUT, not by what time they punch the clock or what they are doing each minute of the day."
I agree and disagree. I agree that companies need to change their ways of tracking an employee's results, but at the same time, not all employees can deal without precise monitoring. As more of the older generations move out of the workforce, more "open tracking" will be used, but for now, limiting an employee's Internet usage doesn't appear half-bad.