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Saturday, May 06, 2006

Surfing Internet Gets You Fired in NYC

So, NYC has decided to fire a 14-year department of education employee for surfing the internet at work. My first thought was that the sites he visited were suspect. Turns out he was surfing news and travel websites. Sure, he wasn't working while he was doing this, but neither are people that are taking personal calls or even taking a smoke break. Do you think the management team determined how much time was spent surfing and compared it to other employees taking personal calls, extending their lunch, or going out for a smoke? Should they all be fired as well?

Sounds like this was a political firing, or a setup for some new law or policy that needed a legal precedent. Sure, when you are at work you should be working, but everyone takes care of personal business from time to time. The real question is, was his supposed "abuse" of internet access above and beyond normal work place behavior? Although the articles I have read don't provide specifics, I doubt that appropriate due diligence was performed. Either that or we will be seeing a lot of NYC firings in the next few months.


Blogger Lapsed Cannibal said...

What a load of crap. I think employers need to stop seeing "surfing the internet" as a process distinct from working, or living, or breathing. That's true of many people now, it's certainly true of me, and it's *emphatically* true of the younger set, who have come up in a networked world, for whom the internet is just another appendage, no more separate from themselves than their arms or their eyes or their mouthes.

Looking through your browser at the online world is no different than looking out the window at the real world; except the online view is a lot bigger.

May 08, 2006 12:10 PM  
Blogger Tambopaxi said...

I agree with lapsed cannibal in that people need to start seeing surfing for what it is: looking out the window or reading the newspapers. I wonder how many people NYC fires for reading the papers? Really, the people who should be fired are the ones who somehow have finagled the "right" to go out and take a smoke break - or breaks. Have any of them been fired for polluting the air? I doubt it.... Tambopaxi

May 09, 2006 2:13 PM  

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