'NET LOSSES - CLAMPING DOWN ON THE WORKPLACE'S BIGGEST TIME WASTER

NEW YORK POST
Jan 21, 2008

Exactly what to do about it is a question companies are wrestling with. Perhaps the most common method for cracking down on errant surfing is to put blocks on certain sites or types of sites. In a recent survey conducted by Clearswift, nearly 70 percent of employers reported preventing employees from accessing video or photo sharing sites such as YouTube and Flickr; 64 percent blocked access to social networking sites such as Facebook; and 63 percent blocked wikis and blogs. Supervisors' methods “can take many different forms," notes BRUCE BARRY, a professor of management at Vanderbilt University, and the author of “Speechless: The Erosion of Free Expression in the American Workplace."