Archives for March 2010
We found this very cool article from CareerBuilder.com (on CNN.com) that looks at the pros and cons of social networking at work. While it can be a positive thing, and certainly companies are trying to use it to their advantage in their own brand building, it is probably the thing that can be most easily abused (the privilege to visit MySpace, Facebook, Twitter et. al. at work). That's why employers need tools like The Office Software in place - to prevent abuse and keep distractions at a minimum. Check out the article…
Social Media at Work -- Bane or Boon?
By Anthony Balderrama, CareerBuilder.com
Social media are, by definition, supposed to be a social experience. Make a profile and start connecting. Reach out to friends, old and new. Post a profile picture, and while you're at it upload a photo album of your trip to Greece so others can see and comment.
When you're done with that, look at your friends' profiles and see what they're up to. Oh, a friend just logged in, too, so now you can chat.
What, it's been two hours since you logged on? How did the time pass so quickly? You should get back to work. Read more ›
A recent study predicts employers will lose about $1.8 Billion from March Madness this year. With at least 58 million employees holding their brackets with fingers crossed, many are sure to spend time during the workday checking highlight reels, news updates, social network pages or even watching full games online.
But is that such a bad thing?
“There are a couple of other elements we should consider,” says Pandora Corp. co-founder Manuel Coats. “For starters, because this is such a highly anticipated event in the sporting world, it often brings excitement to the office and breeds a positive environment.”
Another recent survey found that 41% of managers feel March Madness does indeed bring a positive atmosphere to the office. Another 22% say it actually increases productivity. Given those numbers, employers may want to re-write their Acceptable Internet Use policies for March and April every year.
“We feel that allowing March Madness participation in the office can definitely be a good thing,” explains Coats. “But managers and business owners should have the tools in place to prevent rampant abuse of the courtesy extended during the tournament.”
The Office Software is a multi-functional office productivity tool designed to help managers of small and medium-sized business achieve increased productivity and enhanced security. The program allows managers to analyze activities performed by employees by tracking computer usage at a group and/or an individual level, cross-reference activities reported by an employee, and access an employee’s desktop in real-time. TheOS also has the ability to block websites and mark others as “timewasters” to help manage time spent on non-work-related websites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.
“The Office Software will let you know if some employees are taking the ‘Madness’ a little too far,” says Coats. “If someone is spending all day on nothing but basketball-related websites, or even sucking up the company’s bandwidth with constant streaming video, theOS is going to let you know.”
And one more thing Coats suggests: “You can be certain that many managers and business owners also have money riding on the games. TheOS could even help to prevent some mid-tournament cheating by your employees.”
For more information on how The Office Software can help prevent March Madness overload in your workplace, visit www.theofficesoftware.com
The Office Software requires Windows Vista, Windows XP or above; Microsoft .NET 2.0 framework (available with theOS installer). an Intel or AMD processor running at 1GHz or faster (dual core recommended for Dashboard); 512M RAM for Agent, 1GB RAM for Dashboard; 40MB of HDD space for the installation; 10M - 15M of hard disk space for a typical day of recording; an Internet Connection (dial-up modem, cable modem or DSL) for program registration; Administrative or Power User access rights to install the software. Agent (employee) computers require a LAN connection to the Manager computer.
About Pandora Corp.:Formed in 2005, Pandora Corporation has one goal - to help our customers monitor, control and protect their families, their businesses and themselves online. Pandora Corporation's flagship PC Pandora monitoring software is an essential tool that helps parents keep their children safe from predators and cyberbullies, while shielding them from potentially harmful or mature content. Pandora Recovery is a free data recovery tool that allows users to recovery lost and deleted files from NTFS and FAT-formatted drives. The newest product, The Office Software (theOS), allows employers to monitor employee computer and internet activity, thereby increasing productivity and protecting company assets.
MARCH MADNESS – How is it hitting your business?
Brackets brackets brackets! They are once again flooding the workplace and consuming company time… But productivity tools like The Office Software can keep the “madness” in check.
Mar 16, 2010
High workplace cost of March Madness
Figure a $1.8 billion in diminished productivity
By Diego Vasquez, MediaLife Magazine
If you're surreptitiously filling out your March Madness bracket while you should be doing something else at work, you're not alone. This year's NCAA men's basketball tournament will cost U.S. companies $1.8 billion in productivity, according to a study by Chicago outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas. One major culprit will be March Madness on Demand, CBS's online streaming video player that carries every game, including the first-round games that tip off just after noon on Thursday and Friday, right in the heart of the work day. That sucks employees' attention away from their work, but it also costs employers by sucking up bandwidth, too, slowing down office-wide email and internet surfing. NCAA fans also waste time filling out brackets, going online to see how their teams did, and even calling in sick when they absolutely must watch a game. Short of unplugging the web or monitoring employees on a minute-by-minute basis, there's little companies can do to combat this time drain. In fact, John Challenger, chief executive officer at Challenger, Gray & Christmas, says companies would be wise to embrace it. He talks to Media Life about how he arrived at the $1.8 billion mark, why March Madness poses such a threat to productivity, and how the tourney can actually lift office morale.
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We found this very interesting article from Human Resource Executive ONLINE that looks at an employer’s loss of privacy at work. Productivity tools like The Office Software could help in any cases where employees and employers need to slug it out in court.
Privacy at Work
While the expectation of privacy in the workplace has all but vanished for American employees, advancements in cell-phone and video technology mean employers should no longer expect privacy at work either. HR leaders should instruct managers to behave as if their conversations could come back to haunt them as recordings at any time.
-- By Michael O'Brien, Human Resource Executive ONLINE
The case, in and of itself, is not atypical for the discrimination arena: a pregnant bartender at a New York strip club is demoted from front-line duty because her boss thinks her condition is negatively affecting his club's bottom line.
What is intriguing about the case is the fact that Jennifer Paviglianiti, the bartender at Café Royale, activated a tape recorder in her purse to secretly -- yet legally -- record her manager as he made such claims.
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We found this very interesting article from a website in England that is a warning to businesses that allow their employees to use social networks. Check it out…
March 15, 2010
Businesses Beware – Social Networking Can Seriously Damage Your Business
By Michael Sandys, ClickLiverpool.com
Many more businesses are becoming embroiled in defamation claims regarding the use of social networking sites following the rise in the use of Twitter, Facebook and also blogging.
Employees frequently use these sites on a daily basis and sometimes during work hours and by using their employer's pc's to publish stories and photos, which are then sent around the world. They are then viewed by a significant number of recipients and may also be edited by unknown sources and forwarded on. Read more ›
Last year the Marines made news when they announced they had banned social networks: Marines Ban Social Networking. The story mentions the fact that at the time the Pentagon was wrestling with how to allow armed service personnel to use these networks, but keeping things secure at the same time. Looks like they found a way…
Btw, The Office Software (theOS), will help any small business or office that has the desire to let its employees use social networks, but with a way to keep them in check…
February 27, 2010
Pentagon OKs social-media access
By Jonathan Skillings
The Defense Department has made its peace with social media.
Long skittish about forums such as Facebook and Twitter, the U.S. Department of Defense says that it is now OK with social-networking services and other interactive Web 2.0 applications. A memorandum released Friday makes it official policy that the agency's nonclassified network will be configured to provide access to Internet-based capabilities across all Defense components, including the various combat branches. Read more ›