Scene 1: Just another IT company in
IT support team member: “Our network is really busy today. So many of our staff are accessing sites like Orkut and Flickr and BharatMatrimony.”
IT Support Manager: “Block them all. And block all proxy access to these sites as well. That will teach these nitwits a good lesson. Also keep monitoring the network for any popular websites that are accessed at work. Keep blocking them.”
IT Support team member: “O.K.”
IT Support Manager: “I’ll track your performance based on the number of these high traffic websites you have managed to block. Good luck.”
Next day dawns. Orkut, Flickr, Blogger, Livejournal, BharatMatrimony, TamilMatrimony, Facebook, MySpace, Webshots, BSE, Ebay, Gmail, Y!Mail, YouTube blocked promptly!
Scene 2: Just another IT company in
IT Support team member: “The network bandwidth usage is exceptionally high today. The log shows that 70% of the traffic is from people using sites like Facebook and Flickr. Shall I block these sites to solve the problem?”
IT Support manager: “I'll have to check this with the HR department. Will keep you updated.”
A week passes by. The network is still congested like a blocked nose.
IT Support Manager: “Mornin! I wanted to check with you whether we should block websites like Facebook in our organisation. Don't you think employees are wasting a lot of time poking each other when they are supposed to work?”
HR head: “I don't think that's a good idea. We want to be an employee friendly organisation. If we block these popular sites, we might lose good people to other organisations that allow them to poke each other on Facebook.”
IT Support Manager: “I see.”
HR head: “I’ll ask the Intranet manager to run a poll on this next month. Let’s see what the employees think. Are you happy with that mate?”
IT Support Manager: “Oh yes, sounds like a nifty idea. Take your time. Cheers.”
HR head: "See you at the pub at 5."
Two months pass by.
HR head: “Our Intranet poll shows that employees are not particularly happy about us controlling their internet usage. I personally agree with them. And moreover, they need some way to let off steam.”
IT Support Manager: “Blimey! I didn’t see that coming.”
HR head: “We don’t want them ending up in rehab, do we? As it is they work very quite hard. 7 hours a day at work brings in a lot of stress. Spending an hour or two on Facebook works quite nicely as a stress buster. We must not block them. May I suggest that you find another solution to the problem?”
IT Support Manager: “I never thought about all that. You are right. Facebook is here to stay. Thanks mate.”
IT Support Manager: “We are buying additional network bandwidth to support all the Facebook/Flickr usage. Raise a Purchase Order ASAP. I also want you to monitor the bandwidth and get additional bandwidth as and when we need it.”
IT Support Team Member: “O.K. Cheers.”
Scene 1 continued: Back in
Employee 1: “Darn, the IT dill-holes have blocked Orkut and all the matrimony sites yaar. What do they expect people in bench to do? What do we do in between all the coffee breaks?”
Employee 2: “Chal, let's go to PVR and catch the noon show.”