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Old 05-22-2007, 06:04 PM   #1
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I'm a net admin. Part of my job is to play voyeur on the network and report "unauthorized web surfing." I know if i do people loose their jobs. I feel horrible about it but at the same time being it's my job i have to do it. Not to mention i'm a very isolated person so i dont have any real friends who are coworkers so this obviously doesnt give me any point to talk to people. It's really starting to get to me...

Simple question, would you report these things? Hard answer, why?

(btw, i am mainly because i've been brought up to believe that work is work and life out side of work is not you at work.)

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Old 05-22-2007, 06:13 PM   #2
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I'm a net admin. Part of my job is to play voyeur on the network and report "unauthorized web surfing." I know if i do people loose their jobs. I feel horrible about it but at the same time being it's my job i have to do it. Not to mention i'm a very isolated person so i dont have any real friends who are coworkers so this obviously doesnt give me any point to talk to people. It's really starting to get to me...

Simple question, would you report these things? Hard answer, why?

(btw, i am mainly because i've been brought up to believe that work is work and life out side of work is not you at work.)
They gave you a job, you accepted it. If you're conflicted about it, ask for new duties. Otherwise, what you're doing is just as bad as "unauthorized web surfing".
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Old 05-22-2007, 06:14 PM   #3
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Absolutely, its your job. Its not your fault people choose to do other things and not work. Put your self in the shoes of the owner, you doing your job saves them money.

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Old 05-22-2007, 06:14 PM   #4
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First, I would not agree with this policy in the first place. I do a lot of personal web surfing at work, during down time. But at the same time I do (more) job surfing at home. It might be a different story for people that are not paid flat/salary.

But, I also believe in doing my job. So if my job is to report it, I would report it, but not without objections.

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Old 05-22-2007, 06:22 PM   #5
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thats a toughie but i suppose its what you signed up for, surely the don't give somebody the sack though for one transgression (unless of course they were looking up pornie etc) by highlighting what they are doing surely the company will pull them up and warn them on their behaviour, so if the continue to break the rules its their own fault.

On another point 'business ethics' i thought you could be ethical or in business but not both at the same time

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Old 05-22-2007, 06:28 PM   #6
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What I want to know is if there are any workarounds that would let people surf without you being able to see.

Post that info and we might see an increase in daytime postings

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I cant imagine what work was like before the internet. did you just sit at your desk and stare at the wall or something?

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I cant imagine what work was like before the internet. did you just sit at your desk and stare at the wall or something?
no, I think you actually, gasp, worked all day
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The bottom line is that when people who are supposed to be working are web surfing instead they are stealing time from the company! I know this may ruffle some feathers, but it can't be disputed if people are being intellectually honest.

Would you feel the same distress if it was your responsibility to report people that you witnessed stealing merchandise? There is absolutely no difference! You're not at work now asking us this are you?

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no, I think you actually, gasp, worked all day

eww.....


well thankfully those days are long gone....
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