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Does your employer have an technology/internet usage policy?

 

Do you follow it? :ph34r:

 

 

We are allowed "limited" personal Internet usage during the workday. Some take that to mean - before work, at lunch, and after work.

 

I follow the - studies have shown that Internet breaks throughout the day make an employee more productive, and besides, my work is caught up - interpretation. :lol:

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We have a policy. I've never read it and apparently neither has my boss, because we send each other articles and YouTube videos all day. :lol:

 

As long as the work is done and nobody's cruising porn sites or other foolishness, it doesn't really matter.

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If I couldn't go on the internet at work, I don't know what I'd do.

 

For real..

 

Tether..Data Card..I couldn't do what I do without the internet..do you remember those big manuals you used to have to carry around.. :rofl:

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There is a policy, but as a temp, I have no idea what it is. And yes, I surf while I'm waiting for reports to run. I figure if one boss is on youtube all day and the other is shopping, I can do a little surfing while my system is tied up with reports or when I'm going crosseyed from reviewing a million line Excel file.

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there's a policy.

 

but the IT dept only enforces it if;

 

1) you're really wasting time

 

2) your passing lewd videos around

 

3) you're downloading non work related information

 

4) and they don't like you.

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If I couldn't go on the internet at work, I don't know what I'd do.

 

For real..

 

Tether..Data Card..I couldn't do what I do without the internet..do you remember those big manuals you used to have to carry around.. :rofl:

Same here.. I'm always searching doctors names because apparently Medical Examiners can't write clearly. Lol.. My work is realllyyyyyyyy boring and to keep me sane I usually take a minute break here and there.I still get over 100 cases a day done.. I think my average is about 125-130 on a good day. And if our Underwriters are being nice and do the work for us I've seen my #'s as close to 150. Our work does have cyber cafe's that you can check your personal e-mail account from.

 

I gotta be careful tho.. because today I was searching lenses for my new camera which lead to one discussion then to another discussion etc.

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Our policy is no internet unless authorized by the bosses. Yeah, it sucks big time, but I can't do anything about it. I hate that I can't just get on the net whenever I need to...which is all the time. They have some spy program that tattles on us. :glare:

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Never.

 

Ever.

 

Ever.

 

I do access the internet to do searches relevant to work. In my line of work, making a habit surfing the net will probably get you fired. And you will be caught. Know this! The eye in the sky sees everything.

 

I agree with terminating an employee for continually surfing the net. We are on shared servers, any download could crash a system nationwide. Also, if you are being paid to work, then why are you surfing the net? I guess it depends on your job, some may not be on shared servers and have xxx time in slow periods to surf. Not where I work, I have more than enough work to keep me busy.

 

I already have enough problems with IT. THey spy on me for entertainment and crash my system or slow it down. Sometimes I think some manager is logged in to my desktop for monitoring, trying to figure out why I get so much done. I leave them message in word when I think I'm being watched "GET OFF MY COMPUTER!!! WHAT KIND OF AN IT DEPARTMENT SLOWS PRODUCTIVITY DOWN? OUR CURRENT IT STAFF SHOULD BE LAID OFF AND REPLACED WITH MORE COMPETENT ONES. I JUST WANT TO DO MY JOB, PLEASE GET OFF MY COMPUTER!"

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Never.

 

Ever.

 

Ever.

 

I do access the internet to do searches relevant to work. In my line of work, making a habit surfing the net will probably get you fired. And you will be caught. Know this! The eye in the sky sees everything.

 

I agree with terminating an employee for continually surfing the net. We are on shared servers, any download could crash a system nationwide. Also, if you are being paid to work, then why are you surfing the net? I guess it depends on your job, some may not be on shared servers and have xxx time in slow periods to surf. Not where I work, I have more than enough work to keep me busy.

 

I already have enough problems with IT. THey spy on me for entertainment and crash my system or slow it down. Sometimes I think some manager is logged in to my desktop for monitoring, trying to figure out why I get so much done. I leave them message in word when I think I'm being watched "GET OFF MY COMPUTER!!! WHAT KIND OF AN IT DEPARTMENT SLOWS PRODUCTIVITY DOWN? OUR CURRENT IT STAFF SHOULD BE LAID OFF AND REPLACED WITH MORE COMPETENT ONES. I JUST WANT TO DO MY JOB, PLEASE GET OFF MY COMPUTER!"

 

Does it speed things up if you reboot?

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Never.

 

Ever.

 

Ever.

 

I do access the internet to do searches relevant to work. In my line of work, making a habit surfing the net will probably get you fired. And you will be caught. Know this! The eye in the sky sees everything.

 

I agree with terminating an employee for continually surfing the net. We are on shared servers, any download could crash a system nationwide. Also, if you are being paid to work, then why are you surfing the net? I guess it depends on your job, some may not be on shared servers and have xxx time in slow periods to surf. Not where I work, I have more than enough work to keep me busy.

 

I already have enough problems with IT. THey spy on me for entertainment and crash my system or slow it down. Sometimes I think some manager is logged in to my desktop for monitoring, trying to figure out why I get so much done. I leave them message in word when I think I'm being watched "GET OFF MY COMPUTER!!! WHAT KIND OF AN IT DEPARTMENT SLOWS PRODUCTIVITY DOWN? OUR CURRENT IT STAFF SHOULD BE LAID OFF AND REPLACED WITH MORE COMPETENT ONES. I JUST WANT TO DO MY JOB, PLEASE GET OFF MY COMPUTER!"

 

Does it speed things up if you reboot?

 

You know that is the first thing I do when I notice the system is slow. Log off, disconnect and re-log in. When I suspect I'm being monitored, it never helps. There have been days I've repeatedly logged in/off, but can't bypass the hiccups only happening on my computer.

 

We have various servers, I think six or so the staff is routed based on job. The issues I have when I believe I'm being monitored are different than a systems crash or slow-backlogged server. Things like my mouse will move but I can't click anything or random letters will type on my keyboard that I am not typing or a delay in typing. I might type and the screen remains blank but then after 30 second my characters appear at once, very difficult to move among programs. I have dual monitors, maybe on average have 7 different programs open and ten windows.

 

One of the reasons I believe it is some type of monitoring on me is I can go and check with coworkers on my same server, at least 20+ I can personally check with, who are using about the same number of programs and windows, and they are not having any issues. The amount of slowness I have at times when coworkers on the same server have no issue has happened too many times to believe it is a random issue.

 

Monitoring of an employee is not unusual where I work, be it for quality or security purposes or even to figure out how a highly productive employees works. My phone calls are frequently monitored, I can hear the echo. I've had executives walk out with other big whigs head straight for my desk to critique my phone call they were listening in on three minutes ago, positive comments. In the past, I've been used as a sort of benchmark for ideal calls with customers, eventually it pissed me off to know i was always being recorded and played to whoever. I've complained about it in past and let higher management I do not like being recorded continuosly and I'd prefer I do not when I'm being recorded to have my call played for whoever, including the President of the United States, frankly it creeps me out.

 

Monitoring my actions on the desktop would be right in norm for upper management. IT probably does it to mess with me, we have a history.

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You know that is the first thing I do when I notice the system is slow. Log off, disconnect and re-log in. When I suspect I'm being monitored, it never helps.

 

Nope. Because our monitoring programs load long before your workspace does. We can see your computer rebooting.:ph34r:

 

I get txt messages if certain restricted computers are used to log on to the internet. So I call that workstation and tell them to cut it out, only to hear "what are you talking about?". Then I recite the last 5 sites they visited and the line goes quiet. They never learn. :rofl:

Get back to work Cinders. We're watching you.

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Nope. Because our monitoring programs load long before your workspace does. We can see your computer rebooting.

 

That is what I don't get Radi. IT knows I know there is an issue after 3 or so times of rebooting. I'm continually rebooting my system because there is a problem. I also know they can probably see excessive logins/logoff and rebooting. They know I know something is up! Why don't they just abandon whatever they are doing and let me work?

 

Sick. It might be it isn't IT but upper management.

 

I work in an industry that thrives on papertrails. I send my email to IT telling them of an issue with my system. I reboot a gazillion times, which creates another trail. They know I'm an anal-retentive nutso documenting them and how they hamper my productivity and the company's with inept monitoring and I might just go and make my case to senior management on how much productivity the cost. Yes, IT knows me, well.

 

Unless it is senior management monitoring me and IT really has no control.

 

God I hope they can see the rude notes I type in size twenty font, in bold, in WORD when I think they are monitoring. If they call me out on these notes, well I'll be right in HR or to a senior manager explaining they drove me to it by obsessive spying.

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There's something else going on with your workstation Cinders. I couldn't pretend to guess what since I don't know the topology of your system.

The monitoring and/or logging programs I've worked with don't slow the workstation at all, and messing with the keyboard/mouse would be entirely unacceptable. They're designed to be unobtrusive when they're working right... the whole point is for the user to not know when they are being monitored.

Have the IT people ever given you an answer as to why your workstation is fouled up? If not either they are incompetent, or gagged.

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Back when I worked, and worked in Records and ID, there would be no time for surfing even if we had it available. We were rushing just to get the work out in 8 hours and we were always backlogged. (not to mention security issues).

 

Now working Mids in the Property/Evidence area...that would be different. You would either be snowed under with work, or you'd be twiddling your thumbs all night. I could surf then. Matter of fact, before they put in a PC (as opposed to the terminals we had for property which had no internet access, understandably) I'd bring in my own lappy and do a dial-up. (hey it was 1999, what can I say?)

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There's something else going on with your workstation Cinders. I couldn't pretend to guess what since I don't know the topology of your system.

The monitoring and/or logging programs I've worked with don't slow the workstation at all, and messing with the keyboard/mouse would be entirely unacceptable. They're designed to be unobtrusive when they're working right... the whole point is for the user to not know when they are being monitored.

Have the IT people ever given you an answer as to why your workstation is fouled up? If not either they are incompetent, or gagged.

 

No, Radi....IT has never given an answer. I email them/call and get the "I don't know" response. If what happens to me happened to other on the same server, I wouldn't have an issue and chalk it up to server issues. But a few times a month, my computer does very odd things I mentioned. It isn't a server jam, because everyone is working fine.

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