Canadian Politicians Embracing Facebook... Just As Staffers Are Banned From Facebook

from the logic,-please dept

Well, here's a nice contrast. Just as a bunch of Canadian politicians are learning to embrace Facebook as a way to interact with constituents, the powers that be in Ontario have decided that government staffers should be banned from using the site. Once again, this smacks of misunderstanding the problem at hand. There's no doubt that some staffers are using Facebook during work hours for non-work purposes. In fact, it's quite likely that some of them are abusing the privilege to some extent and spending an awful lot of time on Facebook. However, that should be clear in their work. If they're not getting work done, then it becomes an issue. If they are getting their work done, then what's the problem? Cutting off all government employees from a site (especially one that's quickly being adopted as a good way for politicians and constituents to communicate) is throwing out the baby with the bathwater. It's blaming a site (which does have some benefits) for the misuse of the site. It's akin to the companies many years ago that banned telephones from office desks, claiming they were a distraction to workers.

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 May 2007 @ 11:41am

    Re: Re: Re: Erm why shouldn't they ban ?

    Not everyone falls-behind in doing their work. Some people actually get caught-up and wait for the next task to be delivered. And believe it or not, there are some people who work on projects that take several hours or even several days to complete - If it were 4:55 and my next project to work on would take 30 minutes to finish, I would stall out that 5 minutes before heading out for the day and just start that next 30 minute project tomorrow. The same could be said for when I'm set working on a project that may take several hours (think way back when you were a student, "homework" and "monthly-reports" come to mind). If I worked non-stop at these tasks with only a break every 4 hours, that would be disaster. But by taking a break each time I've got "writer's block", I could be much more productive in turning out a well-written or well-produced project... than if I were to perform my tasks like a sheep and work on with an avoidable head-ache. Think of the reasons for why doctors recommend you take a break from typing every 15-20 minutes to stretch out your limbs.

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