Archives for May 2010

Pac-Man on Google wasted 4.8 million hours and $120 million

Thursday, May 27, 2010 No Comments

Remember last week when Google paid tribute to Pac-Man, who turned 30. Did you know that the Google logo was actually a playable Pac-Man game? I bet your employees did! A study is now showing that almost 5 million hours of company time and over $120 million was wasted on the game… A productivity tool like The Office Software (theOS) can help you curb cyberslacking habits like videogames at work!

May 25, 2010 3:07 PM PDT
Study: Pac-Man on Google wasted 4.8 million hours
By Daniel Terdiman, Cnet.com

It might not sound like a lot on first glance, but the 36 extra seconds that the average Google.com visitor spent there last Friday playing Pac-Man adds up to a massive 4.8 million of wasted hours.

According to a study by RescueTime, Pac-Man on Google--the playable version of the iconic game that the search giant replaced its home page logo with on Friday--cost the economy a total of 4,819,352 man-hours and a whopping $120,483,800 in lost productivity. Read more ›

A Facebook-Free Workplace? Curbing Cyberslacking

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 No Comments

We found this article from last week that revisits the employer question: do I allow my employees on Facebook at work? If you have a tool like The Office Software (theOS) in place, you can allow access and curb abuse at the same time – thus finding the all-elusive “happy middle ground” the article talks about… Check it out and then ask us how theOS can work for you!


May 20, 2010
A Facebook-Free Workplace? Curbing Cyberslacking
By Sarah E. Needleman, Wall Street Journal Blogs

What do ABC's "Lost," the World Cup and Playboy share in common? They all have the potential to put a big dent in small businesses' production flow these next few weeks, as each has something new to tempt employees who work online.

The TV series "Lost" ends May 23, giving viewers much to chat about on fan sites in the days leading up to and after it airs. And starting June 11, the 2010 World Cup, which takes place in Africa this year, will be live during office hours in the U.S. Sports lovers may be inclined to frequently check sports sites for score updates. Read more ›

Workplace Privacy A Thing Of The Past...?

Thursday, May 13, 2010 No Comments

This interesting news story from South Carolina looks at how local companies and schools are monitoring employees. The Office Software (theOS) is a perfect solution for both companies and school systems that want to know how the company/school machines are being used. It shows you what people are doing, and helps you increase productivity and keep people on track by filtering web access and restricting other activity that could b considered wasteful (like instant messenger or running P2P software).

May 11, 2010
Facebooking At Work? Watch Out For Prying Eyes
Tim Waller, WYFF News 4

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Do you update your Facebook status from a work computer? Do you browse your favorite shopping websites on your lunch break? Like most employees, Elizabeth Rouprich of Greenville occasionally surfs the web on her work computer, and only on her lunch break, she says. Read more ›

Are Your Employees Watching Porn at Work?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 No Comments

This interesting article reveals some good stats, despite being a bit off a profile of a filtering company. Remember, filtering is only going to cause your employees to waste company time by finding ways to circumnavigate the filters so they can look at what they want. A better method is to let them know you are watching…

May 10th, 2010
Are Your Employees Watching Porn at Work?
By Donna Fenn, BNET.com

According to The Nielsen Company, 29.5% of adults who use a computer to access the Internet at work visited an “adult” site in March alone. That’s almost as shocking as revelations that senior Securities and Exchange Commission employees were trolling the web for porn while the economy was crashing and burning. So what can you do to make sure that your employees aren’t doing the same? Read more ›

Vermont Attempting to Monitor State Employee Internet Activity

Thursday, May 06, 2010 No Comments

Vermont Attempting to Monitor State Employee Internet Activity --

Currently making headlines is this ballsy move by the legislators in the state of Vermont who are voting to install monitoring software on state employee computers. They say it’s to prevent looking at porn – then why couldn’t they just use filters.

Of course, employees are up in arms – but is it because now they know others will know they don’t do anything at their jobs?

Vermont should invest in our The Office Software (theOS)… it’ll do exactly what they need it to and they’ll be able to increase productivity too!!

May 3, 2010
Controversy mounts regarding porn blockers on state computers
From WCAX-TV/ CBS 3

Controversy is heating up in Montpelier over a plan to install monitoring software on the computers of state employees. The goal was to cut off any chance of state employees viewing porn on state time. But that's easier said than done.

A case of big brother? Or an ingenious attempt to prevent inappropriate activity? Regardless of where you stand debate is growing over a plan to install computer monitoring software in state government. Read more ›