Blogs and the Productivity Effect
Sometimes you do have to wonder why employers allow internet access at all. I'm glad that this is a subject that was addressed and rattled Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz on For Immediate Release show #80.
Shel raises the ultimate trump that is year on year productivity goes up, regardless of whatever new means of distractions become available. Follow that with the notion that a happy worker is a productive worker then you know what you should be doing.
First forums and now blogs are getting tarred with the ugly brush of time-wasting. To put this is the most direct wording from the thought in my mind to text on this screen: what utter bollocks.
Of all webpages these are almost more likely to contain information related to work than other typically unblocked pages. Ebay, Amazon, various news sites? You'll need a niche occupation to get use out of these for your job.
Because of this stigma when it comes to using the internet safely (from disciplinary action) I think it of it as only acceptable to use the internet for things like DHL parcel tracking and Microsoft Office Online help. I have a few trusty forums that I have regularly gone to at home and in my lunchtime but it is only fairly recently that I have felt comfortable going to Exceltip.com or UtterAccess.com during the working day to find solutions to my problems.
Now that I have discovered new thinkers that deliver their expert content in a personal manner not previously known on the internet I will be damned if I'm not going to use these resources in the same manner as the MS Office help forums.
Game sites and obscene sites should of course be blocked. I'm hoping most companies will not take the silly step to block blogs.
If the potential of blogs to damage productivity exists in your company then it is because of an unhappy, unmotivated workforce that would rather waste their time than work. In which case they will find ways of wasting their time anyway. With this being the case the problems in your organisation lie far deeper and blogs are but another straw on the camel's back.
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