My last job had a very strict Internet firewall that became increasingly exclusive every year I worked there. When I started, we had no access to outside email or social network sites like Facebook and MySpace, and those restrictions were manageable. Then came the ban on most recreational sites that focused on things like cooking and sports, and towards the end of my time there they had banned the entire Sugar Network! So wrong. The only sites available were those that provided hard news or ones that were finance related.
British psychologists are now saying that companies with these bans in place are actually hurting themselves — instead of improving productivity these limitations may demoralize employees. In a study of 1,700 workers, the researchers found that “By factoring in ebreaks, bosses are fostering a more trusting working environment, boosting productivity, and ultimately increasing their profit.”
Are there any sites banned at your company that would make you happier if they were permitted?