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Old 05-22-2007, 06:33 PM   #11
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There are legal ramifications for things they look at/do on their company computer as well. Not doing your job and failing to report that behavior could cost everyone in the company as a result. I'm in the same boat as you so I know your pain. But it's definitely for the greater good.

I've personally gotten a few people fired because of reporting mis-use. Sure I felt terrible about it; I even lost some sleep over it. But in the end I was just doing my job as defined by my contract and the policies of the company.

As was mentioned if you don't feel you can manage the ethical dilemma you should talk to your manager about switching off that particular task with another admin.
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Old 05-22-2007, 06:33 PM   #12
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Like I've heard over the years...don't like your job description? Then you weren't made for the job.

On the other hand, do you have the flexibility to choose levels of severity (acting as a censor) and "nab" the worse offenders or have a blanket order to nab everyone, regardless of position?

If you don't "find" anyone breaking the rules that's one thing. If you do know of offenders, that's another. (At present, I am an offender...)
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Old 05-22-2007, 06:35 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Chimone
I cant imagine what work was like before the internet. did you just sit at your desk and stare at the wall or something?
People drank on the job.

Wait a second....

...Stupid internetz.
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Old 05-22-2007, 06:52 PM   #14
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Monitoring others tracks on the 'net is a waste of your time. I got no idea the tool(s) your company is using but what they should be investing in is systems that block access to sites that are known to get the company in trouble like porn, hate and gambling; not focusing in on who's being non-productive based on their web surfing tracks & habits. That's the slack arsed employees boss' job. Or do you monitor web cams setup in the kitchen/break rooms and bathrooms too. Does depend on the employee base. Hourly is a different makeup than salary of course but I hate the BS that technology should try and measure someones productivity unless its a call center.

Even though I have the ability, I don't review someone's actions online unless HR initiates it nor do I want to. Lawsuits and all with fortune 500 companies.

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Old 05-22-2007, 06:53 PM   #15
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We're supposed to do WHAT all day?
Seriously... I do a lot of telesales and sitting here calling customers is not exactly taking 100% of my time... so as i call (call = WORK) i surf... I can do two things at once!

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Old 05-22-2007, 07:00 PM   #16
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Old 05-22-2007, 07:09 PM   #17
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Use it as a tool to blackmail people. Seems like the most ethical thing.

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Old 05-22-2007, 07:09 PM   #18
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I think what you ned to do is depersonalize it for yourself.

Generate data from whatever tool you are using to manage the traffic leaving the building and let whoever is actually going to be doing the firing take care of the problem children (as they see it).

There are lots of affordable, effective tools for managing people's access to the internet and logging what behaviors they do have. If your company isn't using a good one then you need to spend some time on a business jusification to implemment it.
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Old 05-22-2007, 08:34 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by Craig5_12 don't work for Bank of America do you? Okay....good....neither do I.....
Well I do. and we're blocked from some pretty harmless sites. Also, they don't block all sites that will get you in trouble.
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, then to speak and remove all doubt.

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Old 05-22-2007, 08:47 PM   #20
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I would love that job. People are told when they get internet access at work that it is for business purposes and anything you do can be monitored. Just visiting a seemingly harmless website can wreak havoc on a computer network. It's not like they don't know what they're doing is wrong. I used to be on this site everyday at Capital One but it was a calculated risk with potential for disaster.
Do you have to report everyone or just the morons looking at porn?

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