Hi everyone
It is very simple, with the help of top management ask system admin to restrict the website and other software what you want. Before that give a notice what you going to do for all employees

From India, Pondicherry

Dear Friends
Our friend is asking how to restrict for playing games and social networking in office hours. For social networking we had enough feedback from our members how to stop and block the websites.
But for games it is not possible. If you delete all the games from the system, then the employee will bring the games in pendrive or in mobile and start connecting with system and they will play as usual.
How can we avoid those employees from playing the games in system during the hour of work? A brainstorm in this subject will be highly useful for all members who are facing this issue in their office.

From India, Kumbakonam
max rena

If this is the case then the problem has been escalated to a new level i.e. "finding every single possible way to play games during office hours." We've already told them to stop and implemented restrictions on them but they still play games. I believe to solve this problem, we no longer can solely rely on technology. We have to make this a company-wide culture problem. One sure-fire way is to send email to everybody threatening employees who play games during office hours that their names and "gaming history" will be publicly announced. Before that, we got to make sure we have a defined company internet usage policy clearly stating how much time employees can use for social networking (non-work-related) and entertainment (game, music, online comics ...e.t.c...) and what the disciplinary actions are if they violate that policy.
I think this is a fairly common problem in many companies around the world.

From Vietnam, Hanoi

Interesting debate... and let me give a slight twist by playing the devil's advocate here...:-)

Let us say, you have restricted social sites and have removed all games and now you are hoping people will start working more. Why? Were they playing games because they didn't want to work ( in which case they should not be in the organization in the first place) or because they had nothing else to do ( as Dinesh rightly said not engaged or motivated enough to self learn or enhance their existing skills) ? In either case, the problem source is the organization (HR & management) included and not really the employee...:-)

From another perspective again, Let us say, you have restricted social sites and have removed all games and now you are hoping people will start working more. Why? I could be doing the same things on my mobile today. So instead of using your computers openly to play games, i now use my mobile to do so and now you don't have a single record of what i'm doing. So here is my question to you... What would you prefer, that i do something openly and transparent or would you prefer that i do something on the sly and keep you off the radar...:-)

I don't think restriction is actually working. It used to when mobile technology was not advanced enough but no longer. Dinesh has actually hit the nail...Engagement and Motivation. Those and only those are the two solutions that can help the situation to improve and help in productivity. All others only stop an activity but has no effect on improvement.

I also have a different kind of suggestion. Remove the restrictions totally. On a daily basis, send a report to every employee on how he spent his 8 hours (which site he visited and for how long). Start by sending this report to individual employee. Be polite in the email. Don't reprimand or comment. Just FYI kind of message. After a gap of 1 week start sending a consolidated report of every employee to the entire team. Let the data be public. From the 3rd week start using Multi color highlighter on employees spending unusual long time on these sites.

Please note... at no point of time are you reprimanding any employees for this. Just FYI. 4th week have their managers keep this report on his desktop when reviewing team performance...:-) He is not to refer to the report just look at it when one of his team has not completed their task as desired...:-) You will be surprised at how much all these activities reduce automatically when you do Try it and then tell me if it worked...


Navneet Chandra

From India, Delhi

In earlier days, say about 10 years ago, when we were not computarised, or mobiles not in use, in their leisure time, or when employees want to get relaxed, they use to leave their workplace, and roam around, go to other depts to meet friends, gather in corridors for a cigar, spend some time in canteen, make telephones from company’s land lines, and many other such activities. Now all these activities are replaced by Computarised relaxation. An organization cannot escape from employees enjoying office time for non-office work.
I fully appreciate and accept views expressed by Mr Naveen. It is 100 per cent truth, what he has commented. Very very impressive post !! Cheers…

From India, Mumbai

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