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Big Brother is Watching…

Big Brother is Watching…

…what you do at work. Is it time for companies in the UAE to ease up on their strict internet policies? Kipp thinks so.

May 10, 2011 4:22 by

Kipp has a friend who works for Big Brother, oops sorry we meant works for a local bank. If you have worked in a bank or know somebody who does, then you can probably understand why Kipp slipped up there. And if you don’t, let us break it down for you.
Not only does our particular friend’s company monitor every employee’s telephone, email and internet usage but they also set a screen saver that reminds users that they aren’t working when their mouse is inactive for 10 minutes. As far as internet access is concerned, Big Brother does allow the little minions to visit a few non-work websites, but shortly sends the users a message if they’ve exceed the generous limit of 5 non-work-related websites a day. Drastic, you think? Well, what if you were told that there is a limit on the kind of websites the users are able to view: gmail, hotmail, facebook, twitter are strictly out of the question. And as for YouTube? YouCanForgetAboutit is more like it.
Apart from the ridiculously primitive mentality towards the internet, Kipp can’t help but recall the results of a particular survey that found that the majority of employees access videos at work which were related to their work. We are talking of a survey which was conducted by Harris Interactive in February 2011 which looked at U.S. employees, who were employed fulltime, working at a desk an average of two hours per day for a company with at least 100 employees. The survey found that of all those they surveyed, 49 percent said they watched at least 15 minutes of online video per week with 33 percent watch at least 30 minutes of online video per week.

From this, only 39 percent admitted that none of the online video they watched served a business purpose where as 61 percent reported that the online video they watched served a mixed purpose (i.e. some of the video served a business purpose).
So yes, while employees will watch some videos that aren’t directly related to their business, a good majority do find a mid-way compromise between being completely useless and “working”. Kipp finds ourselves wondering when will companies come out of their 80’s mentality and ease up on their internet control issues. What do you think?
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