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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    Maciej, 7 May 2007 @ 9:32am

    Whoa now, I'm supposed to WORK for 8 hours?

    No, really, don't we all just need a break sometimes? A dull moment between projects? Waiting for someone to get back to you? Lunch time? Receptionist between phone calls and visitors? Yes, I know, we're supposed to work, but in reality, many jobs these days do not involve 8 hours of work each day. Oh shoot, I'm wasting my employer's time and money by reading this blog... Cya!

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