Facebook Access Restriction: Computer Monitoring Software VS. Employees

Rules and regulations within the office should be ideally maintained to keep the structural integrity of the entire social system intact. It is an obvious, straight and direct rule that teaches us the power of corporate unity and the importance of individual productivity, and yet we seem to fail to follow it perfectly.

Some employees in office environments occasionally have a tendency to use their workstations for more than what they are designed to do. If they are using a web browser, you would see these people access certain non-work related websites frequently, the most popular of which is none other than Facebook.

Facebook Restrictions at Work

If you need a simple guide or a set of ideas that would help control Facebook access in an office environment, then perhaps these “setting” suggestions could offer some help:

Facebook Restriction Setting: Manual

If the office environment isn’t that big, the option of manually scanning through the computer monitoring software’s data could be adequate. This setting requires the master spying software user to check and record Facebook usage during work hours. The key in the implementation of this setting is to make the workstation users become conscious that they are being watched, creating a psychological wall that would separate them from Facebook (during work). Placing proper penalties for the severity offense is the direct responsibility of the observer for this setting.

Facebook Restriction Setting: Passive-Automatic

A small upgrade to the manual restriction setting, the passive-automatic setting provides a way to passively watch over employee Facebook activity. The key in the implementation of this setting is the alarm system, where a notification would be sent to the master spying software user as a specific employee accesses the website Facebook.com. This method is usually easier to implement because it is not tedious to do, and would only require the observer to be within range of the monitoring unit.

Facebook Restriction Setting: Semi-Locked

When psychological walls are inadequate to quell the fiery desires of your employees to access Facebook, then perhaps a more direct approach can be done. For this setting, you would provide them full access to Facebook, but only at certain time period (during breaks, after work, etc.). The software configuration for this setting can be done by activating a timed or time-triggered website restriction function of the computer monitoring software. This setting stands at the exact middle line that separates full restriction and full allowance.

Facebook Restriction Setting: Fully-Locked

Finally, if all else fails, and if you have finally decided that Facebook just cannot be used or accessed inside the office, then completely blocking Facebook access is your ultimate solution. Instead of using time triggers, the website restriction is simply implemented for an indefinite time period. When implementing this setting though, please take a deep consideration of Facebook’s communication options and features first. Also, do keep in mind that forcibly closing one end might only lead to the forced opening of another (frustration can find ways and means that you haven’t previously imagined).

2 thoughts on “Facebook Access Restriction: Computer Monitoring Software VS. Employees

  • April 10, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Unfortunately at this point employers have to protect themselves. It seems every job requires Internet access, but that may serve as a distraction. Access restriction and computer monitoring are a necessary evil sometimes.

    • April 10, 2012 at 9:03 am

      Most definitely Nicole. Employers lose billions of dollars each year due to employees who are distracted or off-task (via the Internet). I think more employers should be blocking access and blocking it more stringently – including how much time employees can spend on their smartphones.


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