Would you stop work to have a game of cards ? ~~It's the same thing. Employers should ensure that they provide breaks for refreshment and social interaction. The rest of the time, conscientious employees will get on with the job - and they are the people who will succeed and probably get promotion.
You report to work to do a job, not play games. If you want to play games, it should be at home on your on time. A company should not have to pay you to play. There are too many people looking for jobs, and wanting to work, to have to put up with lazy people.
I get upset when I know I am working twice as hard as I should be, because someone else is not doing the job they were hired to do. If companies would put blocks on these type of sites, then the productivity of the company will increase very sharply within days.
I do think that businesses should crack down on the use of recreational websites or any websites not directly related to work. If employees are permitted to go on these sites, then strict and enforced rules should be in place to avoid abuse. Many companies have lax policies and procedures, or none at all, regarding the use of these sites. I think that, in order to enforce a rule, you must first have that rule clearly stated. I do not think that it is fair for a company to pay an employee money to ignore work and continually use these sites. It is not cost-effective or productive.
Workers are hired by companies to complete work for them. If they are continuously visiting websites that are not related to their work, then they are wasting valuable time. Consequently, this wastes the company's money. In order to ensure that employees are operating at their peak performance, they must not be allowed to visit these sites.
Businesses should crack down on employees who visit recreational websites on company time, because it poses a threat to the business network security. Using company resources, like a computer and company bandwidth, is equivalent to taking office supplies or stealing from the company. It is morally wrong. Participating in recreational activities, like updating a Facebook page or surfing for porn, on company time is stealing company time.
I do believe that businesses should crack down on workers who visit recreational websites while on company time. A person who is spending part of their day on Facebook or Myspace is not performing their job, causing productivity in the work place to be lowered. These people should not be getting paid for not working.
There probably isn't a job anywhere in which some form of non-work-related socializing doesn't occur. However, when it comes to using the business' own computers and Internet connection to conduct personal affairs online during work hours, while getting paid, the business has every right to try and put a stop to it.
Businesses should crack down on workers who visit recreational websites, such as Fantasyfootball.com and Facebook.com on company time because the workers who are slacking are costing the company money. A worker's job is to do the work of the company. How can they justify getting paid for surfing the Internet? I don't have a problem if the slacker gets one or two warnings first before he is fired. But anybody who surfs three times, they should be out. Surf on your own time, not on the company dime.
Having access to the internet at the workplace gives an employee a wide array of things to do other than his/her work. It becomes almost irresistible to check a personal e-mail or browse their favorite social networking website. While some jobs require free Internet access, managers should be paying more attention to what their employees are doing.
As long as it's not a website with potential viruses or porn or gambling then I see no reason why you can't allow an occasional brain break or filling out medical forms online, Etc. It could reduce absenteeism and promote stress relief. If it is a major problem it will be reflected as poor productivity which can be dealt with more effectively.
Wasting company time is always a problem, but then again the company thinks nothing of wasting your time. If the company feels that strongly that the time wasted on the Internet is a problem then there are several easy ways to ensure that no one visits such websites. They could remove or limit their employees' Internet access from work. Not every job needs any access to the Internet at all, yet almost every job with a computer gives it to their employees. Even if there is some need to have the Internet there is plenty of software designed to filter out websites and restrict where you can go; almost all public school computers use these now. A crack-down on workers going to such websites is a waste of time that could be better spent elsewhere, if they just removed the problem from it's source, the Internet.
Small breaks in work can help one refocus on official tasks. People are less likely to stay focused if they cannot occasionally distract themselves.
For employees who are on a salary, there should be considerable freedom concerning what daily activities they perform. If a salaried worker spends a bit of time at a non work-related website, it should not be a problem as long as all of the daily work assigned to the person gets completed by the end of the day. If an employee is paid hourly, there is no freedom in the position for the person to do anything other than their assigned tasks.