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April 23, 2011 Poll Results

Should employers prohibit workers from playing computer games and visiting social networking sites?

Yes 76% 290 votes
No 23% 88 votes
Total: 378 Votes

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


April 23, 2011
3:37 p.m.

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As a vote being a taxpayer, I vote yes for all public sector workers...what people do in private industry is up to them they are paying the bill not me...You should restate that question......

April 23, 2011
5:38 p.m.

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Personally, as an employer, I'm against it.
You're there to work, not play.
Not update your Face book status, nothing.

How would you feel if the guy you hired to replace your furnace, stopped in the middle of it, and started playing video games, while you were paying him by the hour?

The same as a company car, the employer owns that computer, and the network connection that goes with it.

Also, it's dangerous. You're susceptible to viruses, malware, adware, keyloggers, spyware etc, every time you download a "free" game, or coupon.

Also, check your email on your own time, because that ever so cute, must see email attachment, or even ( they're notorious for it) that ever so thoughtful e-card greeting can contain things that will compromise the entire system, and in SOME cases, has compromised security, privacy, and caused millions in damages.

Want something to do on your break?
Try walking off that jumbo bag of chips that live on your desk.

April 24, 2011
12:06 p.m.

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I'm with you, FritzDawg. Add to yours: leave the dawn cellphones in the car. If anything is TRULY an emergency, they can call my business. I want employees taking care of OUR CUSTOMERS, not talking and texting.

And I want other employers to ban them too. I'm sick of waiting for service personnel busier with their texting than they are waiting on customers.

April 24, 2011
10:05 p.m.

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I didn't vote on this one, for one simple reason: I think it depends upon the job.

Working as an EMT, there are days when we have a few hours of downtime. We're still on duty, and still answer calls and do non-emergency transports, but let's face it - not every day is a 24/7 emergency-a-minute day, and there simply aren't always transports needed all day long. And you can only detail and restock the ambulance and clean the station so many times. Now, on a nice day, I like to go outside. On a rainy day, I often read, or sometimes watch TV. I never have delayed responding to a call when one comes up due to any recreational pasttime, nor would I ever do so. I will occasionally check my email or FB status on the station computer. I don't play games on it myself, but that's only because I generally don't play computer games, anyway. Some people do; I see no difference between playing a computer game and playing cards at the table - so long as you don't neglect your job when the calls do come in. I think *that* is the key here. If you are actively on the job (i.e., not downtime), then I agree that you have no business being on the computer, iPhone, or whatever. That's just my two cents, based solely on my work environment. I just don't feel the question covers enough bases to be a good poll question.

April 24, 2011
10:08 p.m.

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oh, I wanted to add: I do agree with FritzDawg that freeware games, email attachments, etc, should not be done on company property. There's far too big a chance of downloading a virus, or even just putting your personal information out on an unsecured computer. However, where I work, people are allowed to bring in their own laptops or internet-capable phones and hook into the company WiFi. I am personally still careful about using things there, mainly because I'm generally wary of hackers and such as a rule of thumb, even from my own home.

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