Time For IT Guys To Unshackle Corporate Computers

from the can't-do-that dept

This one ought to infuriate some of the IT folks, but Farhad Manjoo, over at Slate, is making the case for why corporate IT folks should give up trying to control everyone's computers. He says it's silly for them to dictate which apps you can and cannot use, what websites you can and cannot visit and what mobile devices you can and cannot use. He argues that doing so only restricts employees from actually doing useful and innovative stuff and also can make employees significantly less productive.

The response from IT folks will always be about the cost of maintaining all of this -- noting (perhaps correctly) that any time there are any problems, people will call up IT folks who will have to try to service all sorts of things, rather than having a standard list. And, of course, they'll say that users are often dumb, and prone to doing things that put computers and networks at risk. Thus, locking stuff down isn't only cost effective, but it's prudent to protect the company.

In the end, though, if that prevents important work from getting done (or done quickly), that seems like a problem. In the past, we've pointed out study after study after study suggesting that those who are actually allowed to do personal surfing at work are happier and more productive. Manjoo makes that point as well, mentioning recent studies that have shown the same thing and suggesting that companies that trust their workers on these sorts of things tend to get much more out of those employees.

Filed Under: it, limitations, personal surfing, security


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    Josh (profile), 27 Aug 2009 @ 10:04am

    Re: Waaa Waaa Waaa Blaaa Blaaa Blaaa

    LOL. Wow. It sounds like someones jock strap is wound a bit tight today. Do us a favor, go to the bathroom, take of the jock strap, go back to your desk, and calm down. After that, please rethink what you wrote.

    I'm guessing that the IT shop where you work is full of men, or women, that are all what you consider nerds? Right? Or is there a vast pool of employees that work there? I've worked with IT guys that are bodybuilders, musicians, carpenters, mechanics, navy chiefs, marines, shit, they come from all all walks of life and have all types of hobbies. I would love for you to use your attitude with the one Network admin I knew that was a recently retired Navy Chief. I would love it. Or the Gunny that is 250lbs of pure muscle and stands 6'3". Would love to see it.

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