does you employer allow you to access this webiste during business hours? got busted by a supervisor....

  • rnch

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    Mar 01, 2011 4:47 PM GMT
    the computer system at my job has a complex filtering systems that stops any undesired and pornographic sites to appear. a full screen warning appears if the user tries to access a site not deemed "appropiate" by management.

    heck, i can't even check my lottery tickets at work, as the filters consider this activity "online gambling."

    since this filtering system has never blocked this site; i assumed it was an acceptable site during business hours.

    a new, eager, agressive supervisor snuck up behind me, took note of this site on my computer screen. (i was surfing it during my at the desk lunch break.)

    he called me into his office for a closed door meeting the next day. he informed me that since, if one clicked on enough profiles, nudity could be accessed from this site; it was inappropiate to be viewed on the work computers.

    i calmly replied that i only view the chat part of this site during business hours, NEVER looking at any nudity sites here or elsewhere.

    nevertheless, he insisted that i stop surfing this site during business hours.


    has anyone else had any management issues like this one, involving viewing this website surfing business hours?



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    Mar 01, 2011 7:46 PM GMT
    It's good to be the boss.
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    Mar 01, 2011 7:57 PM GMT
    May have posted it before somewhere, but there was an incident in the early 90's where I worked at a large government facility. We were part of the original internet backbone. Eventually, the security guys got around to learning about computer security, access logs, & etc. It turns out that some of the IT guys were also using some of the massively excess computing power to host some fairly major porn archives. (And maybe making a few bucks on the side?)

    The director (figurehead political guy) flipped out when he found out and immediately announced that he had the IP addresses, he'd have the names in 24 hours, and everyone who had accessed porn would be fired in 48 hours. Then someone broke the news to him that doing so would involve pretty much closing down the company, because it would mean firing about half of the technical staff, who actually did the work that the company was contracted for. The "firings" rant was quietly forgotten, and they hired some more security goons and wrote a few more policy manuals, and raised contract costs another notch.
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    Mar 02, 2011 4:04 AM GMT
    Keep this in mind..
    It's not your computer. It's not your internet connection. It's not your emails. Your boss has every right to snoop on the sites you visit, block certain websites, and read your emails. Don't use company resources for personal usage. Everything can be monitored/logged and used against you, if they wanted.

    Honestly, I think it's a bad idea to be on RJ at work. Especially, with the type of boss you have. Even though you're only using the chat, you're still on a website that contains nude content. And no, browsing during your lunch break doesn't make things better.

    Personally, I only browse news sites while at work. I have a smartphone to check personal email and for casual web browsing. And I have a laptop + tethering app on my smartphone to do regular browsing if needed.
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    Mar 02, 2011 4:08 AM GMT
    Yeah this is not a website to go on during work hours!!!
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 02, 2011 4:11 AM GMT
    snowboarder saidYeah this is not a website to go on during work hours!!!


    I run my own business firm and I do as I want.... I am the supervisor.
    But to be fair, I might check in here, but am usually focused on other things and miss discussion. Work is really to be for work focus, not distractions.
  • BeerIsYummy

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    Mar 02, 2011 4:14 AM GMT
    My office is really laid back. There are no filters on what we can and cannot browse. So I feel comfortable being on this site. Yes, there are some penises here and there, but my boss doesn't really care what I do as long as I get my job done.
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Mar 02, 2011 4:14 AM GMT
    snowboarder saidYeah this is not a website to go on during work hours!!!

    Agreed
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    Mar 02, 2011 4:25 AM GMT
    The employer has full right to monitor, even fire or turn you in to the police department if they deem necessary. In workplace involving IT, your first and fourth amendments in the Bills of Rights (freedom of expression and privacy, respectively), DOES NOT APPLY. Should you be framed/accused to hold child pornography (serious crime), your history with the sites you've surfed will work against you.


    Watch your emails too. =)
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    Mar 02, 2011 4:25 AM GMT
    BeerIsYummy saidMy office is really laid back. There are no filters on what we can and cannot browse. So I feel comfortable being on this site. Yes, there are some penises here and there, but my boss doesn't really care what I do as long as I get my job done.


    I agree-- know where you work. If you work at a relaxed place then feel free to go to any site you want but still know somewhere it is still being logged even if know one takes the time to look. Some boss only check once in a while or when they are looking for some to fire you over or maybe prevent you from moving up.

    My current company had blocks on my computer. I E-mail HR and I need access to certain sites for work purposes. These blocks are not ever smart so once lowered--I noticed I could come to realjock.com facebook.com and a few other--however I still encounter some blocked sites once in a while. I am more careful and like someone already said--get a smart phone and use the web that way.
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    Mar 02, 2011 4:27 AM GMT
    There are no filters at my work/school (they are the same place for me). While in my office, I don't check social sites in general (RJ, Facebook, etc.) as I feel like they will distract me from my job. I check those outside of work when I don't have any guilt about slacking.

    In general, I don't think RJ is work appropriate. It would be so easy for a coworker/boss to misinterpret what goes on here. I save coming on here for while I'm at home.
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    Mar 02, 2011 5:50 AM GMT
    Except for when I'm working from home, I don't go to RJ. It is, on occasion, NSFW.

    Even if it was ok, I still wouldn't go here during work hours. If it's not my computer and I'm on the clock, then I should be earning my salary.

    If you look at things from your boss's point of view, it's better to make a blanket ban on using the computer for personal browsing and avoid their computer system to unnecessary risk.
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    Mar 02, 2011 5:53 AM GMT
    I go on RJ at work during my breaks. My boss saw it, saw the shirtless pics, asked me what it was about, and I said "dude, its a fitness site for gay men. Its not my fault that we want to put shirtless pics up."

    No problems since.
  • Syphon

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    Mar 02, 2011 6:15 AM GMT
    I use it from my phone, just looks like I'm texting.
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    Mar 02, 2011 12:58 PM GMT
    Ermine said
    If it's not my computer and I'm on the clock, then I should be earning my salary.
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    Quoted for EMPHASIS!!!!

    It's amazing how many people don't get this!{Not talking to OP!}
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    Mar 02, 2011 1:01 PM GMT
    My boss would probably join this website and chat on the forums with me. icon_lol.gif

    and today I was showing this website to a girl in my class LOL
    I was on my laptop, but nevertheless in a classroom full of 63 students
  • mynyun

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    Mar 02, 2011 1:02 PM GMT
    My previous employer had a few computers but they were only for work related things. They would ONLY have access to work site. Anything else was unavailable. And if I happened to bring in my laptop and picked up signal it was the same way. Now the boss's computers could probably pick up RJ.

    At school was a different story. I could access this site at school, despite some sites being blocked. Facebook being one of those sites.
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    Mar 02, 2011 1:10 PM GMT
    regardless of what you are viewing, the WORK site is for WORK. If you want to play on the company's computer, they have the right to tell you not to. If you don't like that, walk down to an internet cafe and fill your boots......Keithicon_wink.gif
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    Mar 02, 2011 2:03 PM GMT
    My boss is a real dick, he won't let me surf the RJ site. icon_mad.gif

    Oh wait i'm the boss!!!icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 02, 2011 2:05 PM GMT
    At the end of the day, I have to fall on the employer's side in this regarding their rights, since it's their computer and they're providing the Internet access in the office, even during lunch hour.

    At the same time, when I was an Army officer & office supervisor, I was very easy-going about the issue. Just as I'd let my soldiers place & receive calls from their family members at home, using "my" phones, I viewed the desktop computers in the same light. It was good for morale if not taken to excess & abused.

    There was very limited social networking back then, mostly some e-mailing and posting within proprietary dial-up networks with very little risk of viruses, which an employer also has to consider today if employees venture into some risky parts of the Internet, or receive lots of personal e-mail.

    So my soldiers would be playing some computer games during lunch, which was fine with me, from floppies they'd bring in, nothing downloaded from online. Our own military network was ARPANET, before the Internet was fully developed, and it was strictly business. I didn't mind local no-charge dial-ups on desktops that had phone modems, but God help them if I found long-distance phone charges to "online" services.
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    Mar 02, 2011 2:09 PM GMT
    I wouldn't even think about using my employers computer to surf this site. No way. If you want to surf the web during lunch hours, use your phone.
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    Mar 02, 2011 2:52 PM GMT
    When I first saw this thread title I seriously thought the OP was kidding or trolling for views. I'm too terminally old school to even consider that the new normal would include employer expectations of even Facebook surfing at work.
  • mikeeugene

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    Mar 02, 2011 2:59 PM GMT
    I don't even check my personal Yahoo email from work or my bank account. Checking Facebook wouldn't be considered appropriate at my job, so this site definitely would not be considered appropriate.

    In this economic climate, I'm definitely not going to give any impression that I'm not working while I'm at work.
  • Kage

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    Mar 02, 2011 3:04 PM GMT
    I am the boss...
  • rnch

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    Mar 02, 2011 3:14 PM GMT
    we don't have an offical "break time" or "lunch time", we work it into the day as the work load allows.

    since the restrictive filter system allows access to this website (but blocks so many other innocuous sites); i assumed it was ok to check it out.

    i have deleted this site from my "favorites" section (on the work computer) and will only access it away from the job. as i am there anywhere from 8 to 14 hours a day, sometimes 7 days a week, this is a personal sacrifice for me to make!

    ah well.....yet another reason to upgrade to an i-phone.

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