Generation Y prefer unrestricted office web access

Generation Y prefer unrestricted office web access

Summary: The Generation Y prefer unrestricted access to the web within the working or office environment. It appeals to their inner communication abilities, and not just for social networking.

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Since businesses and companies started using the web as a crucial commodity in the office workspace, the ongoing argument of whether web restrictions should be implemented to maintain efficiency has continued.

According to Computerworld, more and more employees are complaining about being blocked access to certain websites during office hours. This could be severely limiting to the skills that the Generation Y possess as part of their innate ability to use unconventional sources for research information.

Over time, IT managers can determine which sites are used the most, the time individuals spend on these sites and whether they are relevant to the work they perform. Many stories over the years have encompassed employees being banned from accessing social networking sites in particular, with the view that taxpayer dollars should not pay employees to socialise.

On the other hand, employees are using unconventional and non-traditional ways of communication to enable better internal workflow. Depending on the organisation size, one company may prefer to use VoIP technology and others use instant messaging type communications over the customary email solution.

Yet students at university are more accustomed to communicating with each other over instant messaging with Facebook chat for example, as like an inbox or a instant messaging client, to the point where they buy dedicated hardware for it. Of course it offers the distraction of your vast, multilateral friendship groups offering updates on their daily lives, outside the working environment, but it works in an effective way to some.

While working with Kent Union last year, though there were fixed landline extensions to the executive branch of the small student-oriented organisation, it would be far more efficient to send a text message or Facebook them. Even here at ZDNet, the main people I speak to internally are easily accessible on Skype, instant messengers and on occasion, Facebook, with a 'common protocol' email group.

One could argue that being productive includes the employee not feeling restricted or tied down could negate the need for web restrictions. However, if employees spend their entire time on Facebook and other social networking sites, this could be counterproductive in the office environment. Though if the work gets done, who could argue?

With organisations taking the modern approach and branching away from the typical office environment, favouring the 'beer in the fridge at the corner of the office' system, the 'beanbags in the meeting room' approach or even the 'bring your pet to work day' method, Generation Y employees are expecting a more dynamic and less stringent workplace.

And, with students taking advantage of these non-traditional communication techniques, and sourcing answers from social media, Twitter, online content, forums and suchlike, policing the office web access at a managerial level will become more and more difficult.

Would web restrictions at the office be counterproductive? Can there be a valuable gain from communicating or researching using social media? Have your say; it would be most interesting to see what you think.

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  • Sure they do .....

    .... they like wasting time and would love to get paid for it.

    But they forget that they were hired TO DO A JOB. The office where you work is not a place to waste time yapping nonsense on Tweeter or for bragging about their none existent sexual life in Facebook (opening the door for legal problems).

    At my place of work, some idiot decided to remove Facebook from the back list of websites (gossip is that some big shot forced IT to make the change to contact his mistress). Within days, the IT department was busy handling an influx of millions of spams emails (mostly selling illegal meds), at least one nasty virus that McAfee failed to block and a couple of attempts to break through the company's firewall.

    So please spare us the BS about generation Y wanting this and that. Most are just spoil brats that think they are smart and have a god given right to get paid for wasting time and abusing company resources.
    wackoae
    • Message has been deleted.

      DonnieBoy
      • Please Explain this

        @DonnieBoy

        Dear young man, we old farts are not exactly against the change, but there needs to be some checks and boundaries. How would you explain that my facebook is generally full of friends feed with videos of cute kids and silly kitties, when I know that all of them (friends, not kids and kitties) are in their offices and should have been working instead of watching and posting these videos.
        anra
      • I am not exactly a young man, I am mid 50s, and I have adapted.

        But, much better to do performance based evaluations than try to watch over everybody's shoulder all day long.
        DonnieBoy
      • RE: Generation Y prefer unrestricted office web access

        @DonnieBoy

        Who needs them? All the children that want a job.
        NoAxToGrind
      • Interesting. Though you claim to be in your mid 50's

        Your speech pattern would clearly imply that you are much younger then the 50 years old you claim to be.
        Tim Cook
      • Message has been deleted.

        Bruizer
      • Message has been deleted.

        Bruizer
    • RE: Generation Y prefer unrestricted office web access

      @wackoae All tools are potentially useful. Isn't the biggest question really whether or not the work is getting done? Some people need it and some don't --- I can tell you for a fact that restrictions placed on me (in an academic and artistic capacity) cause far more problems to my workflow than any perceived benefit.
      K_REY_C
      • Explain to me ...

        how wasting time in Facebook, Tweeter or (non-work related) IM is a useful tool at the work place??

        If you have enough time to get the work done and waste time yapping, then either your talent is not getting use efficiently or you are over paid for the job you are doing.

        Having immediate access to information related to work is one thing. Wasting time yapping online with your idiot friend is another.
        wackoae
    • RE: Generation Y prefer unrestricted office web access

      @wackoae you are phenomenally uninformed. Good luck finding a clue....
      pitdroidtech
      • I don't have the same inexperience as you .....

        ... and a professional person don't need clues. Clues are for the clueless.

        A real professional just knows what to do because they don't waste time yapping about their non existent sexual life on anti-social networks during work hours.
        wackoae
      • RE: Generation Y prefer unrestricted office web access

        @wackoae --- Your assumption is that fields where Facebook, Twitter, and other non-(directly)-work related IM (and other such tools) do not exist. As I originally stated above --- "...in an academic and artistic capacity..." --- both of those areas tend to be more fluid as they are often exploratory and research based. You're also assuming that "yapping online with your idiot friend" is an activity unable to spur creative thinking or real results on some actual task.

        If your task is to move these objects from point A to point B you may have a reason to limit such social media ... but if your task is something less definable (create art ... research something ... make connections others haven't made before) then these tools certainly (if sometimes indirectly) contribute to those goals.
        K_REY_C
  • Useless Frills

    I could never understand the concept of "beer in the office fridge" concept. I had rather have my organization stay away from such gimmicks, save funds and lay off lesser people when the crunch time arrives.
    anra
    • Beer is not necessary at work, but, espresso coffee and free food is a big

      thumbs up. Have you ever visited Google?
      DonnieBoy
      • I have, and it is not the playground you imagine it.

        And the free food is only for the select. Additionally, Google was by no means the first company that had the idea. Many companies have used that concept long before Google hit the scene. And alll you need is to look around to see companies that provide periods of personal time that the employees use, whenether they originize a game of chess, or basketball.
        Tim Cook
  • Ok, to block porn sites, but, chat and facebook is how the new generation

    communicates, and is in many cases much more efficient than the old methods we used. But, just like we can receive personal calls, you have to let people do personal chats at work. Obviously, if somebody is doing personal chat all day long (like doing personal phone calls all day long), you have to reprimand them. Evaluations should be more performance based like they are at Google. At Google, if you want to take a break and play beach volley ball for a couple of hours, no problem!!!!!!
    DonnieBoy
    • When you are at work .... you are at work

      The workplace is not the place to do personal chats. While a personal phone call last a few minutes, an IM chat usually last for 30 mins .... most of it wasted trying to figure out how to type what can be said in a factions of a second.
      wackoae
      • Work life = personal life

        @wackoae A lot of people who work together become friends. At what point should the line be? Sure you can talk figures with Jane in accounting, but if you ask her how her kids are - should the boss with the mighty fist of workplace justice step in and reprimand the two?
        zwhittaker
      • The more fun you have at work, the more productive you are. And, personal

        phone calls can be just as long as chat. But, playing beach volley ball together is better than personal chats.
        DonnieBoy