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Millennial Employees Demanding Broader Web Access at Work

July 14th, 2009

Hi All!

More and more employers are faced with their younger employees wanting broader access to the web while at work. And while many employers fear this will cause “wasted” time at work, research has shown that many Millennials use their online access to send work-related questions to their peers through social media outlets. Not everyone is watching porn and playing online games at work!

But of course, there are two sides to every story. And this new workplace challenge is growing everyday.

A recent article about this was written by AP National Writer, Martha Irvine, entitled “Young Workers Push Employers for Wider Web Access”. In this article published on July 12, 2009, she shares how different employers, like Kraft Foods Inc., are handling this.

Here’s an excerpt from her story with one person’s perspective:

So some are wondering: Could companies take a different approach, without compromising security or workplace efficiency, that allows at least some of the online access that younger employees particularly crave?

“It’s no different than spending too much time around the water cooler or making too many personal phone calls. Do you take those away? No,” says Gary Rudman, president of GTR Consulting, a market research firm that tracks the habits of young people. “These two worlds will continue to collide until there’s a mutual understanding that performance, not Internet usage, is what really matters.”

 

To read the entire article, and learn about the attitudes and strategies of other employers and experts pertaining to this rapidly growing hot topic at work, click here!

And with the ever growing presence of iPhones, BlackBerry’s, and other web enabled pda’s, monitoring an employees web access is becoming increasingly difficult. That’s why many companies are starting to experiment with opening access through their company systems.

Yet another example of how times are a changing in the workforce!

Bye for now,

Lisa

21st Century Employee Theft: Using the Internet at Work. Is your company clear on its policies?

April 08th, 2008

Hello,

There is a new type of employee theft that is causing “lawsuits and losses” for employers: excessive use of the internet at work for things other than work. And, with more Millennials entering the workforce, employers believe that it will become an even bigger issue than it has been. Yes, Boomer and Gen Xers are using the internet at work for things other than “business”, but the issue will get bigger if companies don’t get strict about their internet use policies.

1. Have you outlined a policy for employee participation on blogs?

Guess what? This issue is so widespread there’s now a term for it! If you are fired because of a blog it’s called being “dooced”. Heather Armstrong founded Dooce.com, and lost her job a year after starting a blog for writing entries that involved colleagues. She now tells her site visitors: “Never write about work on the Internet unless your boss knows and sanctions the fact that you are writing about work on the Internet.”

Another person who lost his job due to blogging was as a producer at CNN’s “American Morning”. He was a blogger and he was fired when the company discovered his name attached to blog posts written without CNN’s approval. He never identified himself as a CNN employee on the blogs, but CNN company policy is that employees must first get permission to write for a non-CNN outlet.

Sound hardcore? Maybe, maybe not. But you need to determine how YOUR company feels about this and get policies in place. Did you know that a new blog is created every second? Millennials love blogging, as do other generations, but Millennials will more likely be participating in blogging on a regular basis (more that older generations) and your company policies must be UP-DATED to accomodate the changing times.

2. Outline a policy for viewing “those types” of pics AND playing online games.

Millions of people look at porn on their computers at work. I cannot even believe how dumb that it, but whatever. Nonetheless, it’s a HUGE problem. A recent study by the AMA showed that 1/3 of bosses have fired employees for viewing dirty pics/videos at work. That’s a HUGE number!

And make sure your workforce is clear about your policies on playing online games. Is it okay on their lunch break? Or NOT AT ALL at work? Online game play at work is rampant, so make sure you have your policies in order.

3. What about talking dirty?

A very large percentage of employees are talking dirty from their computers, pdas, cell phones and laptops at work. In the same AMA study I mentioned before, more than 25% of bosses have fired employees for sending offensive emails. And because many companies now store/archive employee email correspondence electronically, “talking dirty” can become a liability to employers. Again, get your policy in place because people are sending “sexy” emails and text messages using YOUR property, and/or on your time, and that’s a problem.

Times they are-a-changing! It’s time for your company to dust off its old employee policies and up-date them based on REAL 21st Century issues.

Okay…time to stop blogging and get back to work. Luckily no one can fire me!

Lisa