Originally Posted by Natalie_ca
Also, IBM should have a filter on their computers that prevent their employees from even being able to reach sites that contain nudity. Companies filter out certain domains all of the time and the fact that IBM, a large computer corporation doesn't, surpises me.
IBM probably does have some sort of filter, but they may have certain terms that they can't block in order for company productivity.
For example where I work we need to quarantine emails like "
"* since that is something that you can do with a machine that delivers our laser systems.
They may need to keep terms that used in the shop industry in order to place parts orders, etc.
Originally Posted by valanhb
Maybe I'm just a hard a$$, but why should he get a pass for doing something that (I assume) is clearly spelled out in company policy? I don't think that a drug addict gets a pass to do drugs at work, affecting their productivity and the productivity of those around them, just because they are addicted. It's HIS addiction, not the company's, HE should seek the treatment since he must have known about the addiction when he was employed. And if he knew about the addiction, he was also obligated to inform his employer of it as it would preclude him from carrying out certain tasks of his job (and then the employer could have worked with him to create an environment fitting his "condition" by either blocking such sites or providing his a private outlet where he could get his "fix" for a few minutes while continuing treatment).
If you want to call it a "disease" then you need to treat it as such. No one would find it acceptable if a cancer patient didn't inform their employer of their disease, and that treatment would require additional time off. And if they didn't tell their employer and were fired for excessive absenteeism, whose fault would that be? IMO it would be the employee for not working with their employer ahead of time.
100% in agreement.
The majority of large corporations make you SIGN a bunch of policies, indicating that you have read and understood the policy. This includes the employee manual, computer use policy, code of ethics, sexual harassment policy, etc.
We currently have a computer use policy where I work that basically says if you violate any of these items your actions will incur a form of punishment up to termination of employment.
PLUS if he was surfing where other employees could see his computer screen that is a lawsuit of sexual harassment waiting to happen. No bones about it. We have one guy where I work that I could/should happily sue for sexual harassment because of the amount of porn on his computer and at his desk. Unfortunately he's a son and I can't afford a lawyer.
So I'm just riding my time until I can leave.
*sorry for the offensive work above.