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Facebook in the workplace – TO BAN OR NOT TO BAN

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Admittedly, blogging about serious matters isn’t exactly my piece. I necessitate humor with opinion and entertainment to thoughts. My thinking normally leads to giggles, smiles and laughter. As in my previous blog posts, I prefer light, funny issues. It has become my personal medication, some form of anti-stress therapy. After all, keeping your sanity seems a tough task nowadays considering the toxicity that life so wonderfully offers. At this point however, I would like to challenge myself into doing some serious blogging for a change.

Parading towards the congress is a policy issue regarding the banning of Facebook in government agencies and offices nationwide during working hours. FB is a social networking site that is by definition a web-based, computer-mediated communication which allows users to:

1. Create a public or a semi-public profile within a bounded system.

2. Coordinate and manage a list of other users whom they share a connection.

3. View and visit their list of connections and those made by others within the system.

The proposal suggests that FB usage during work counters employee productivity and efficiency, thus, affecting overall organizational performance. The objective is to maximize time and effort so as to service the government’s publics’ needs.

The motion, in my opinion, is rather self-defeating. There is in fact no productivity or efficiency to counter when it is not even inherent and evident to begin with. Our government is the exact epitome of a bureaucratic organization – hierarchical, structured and centralized despite the changing times. Even in the absence of FB many years ago, government employees have been characterized as incompetent and highly problematic. The motion, then, better be about motivating employees, helping them realize their full potential, and rewarding them for their hardwork – the recipe for improving employee attitude towards work.

Low-compensation, heavy workload and routinary tasks result in disgruntled employees. Dehumanization in government agencies and offices is still existent.   FB is but one cost-effective avenue where peer to peer interaction is virtually possible and communication is of great convenience. Interpersonal relationships or networks may not entirely be supplemental to employee satisfaction however it can function as a coping mechanism in managing work-related stress.

Communication is fundamental in organizations. It is critical in achieving organizational goals and objectives. Any opportunity to widen communication lines and even extend across the distance should be of utmost utility rather than liability. Government offices should try and capitalize on FB rather than ban it. They should focus their attention on harnessing human communication, not in creating barriers to communication.

Self-regulation should best be the resolution to the issue. FB usage should be the prerogative of the respective government agencies and offices. Deliberating about FB in a macro level is all but a waste of time and effort. So TO BAN OR NOT TO BAN – is not the question.


You are your own Hollywood!

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2010 at 4:30 am

Strike a pose indeed. In the advent of new media the economics of who’s in and who’s not is no longer dictated by television or magazines. The power to woo and to wow is now equally distributed to the rest of the world. Practically everyone who has access to technology shares the microphone with Taylor Swift or the Jonas Brothers, the red carpet with Justin Bieber and the spotlight with no less – Brad and Angelina. In the net generation, you need not look like a pop star to record or post your own music video on YouTube. People can even read your story without you having to publish a book. You have the world for a spectator.

Glitz and glamour isn’t entirely what sharing the stage is about. It also requires responsibility and accountability on our part. So walk the red carpet with these in mind:

Please do think.

What you do online is representative of you. Whether it’s a status message, a blog post, or a comment, better think about it. It saves you.

What you do online inevitably impacts other people who could be your family or friend or potential boss. Self-criticism will come in handy.

What you do online stays there indefinitely. Make sure you don’t do something you’ll somewhat regret.

Your Hollywood spirit better be for the right reasons. If it’s to inform, to interact, to express yourself, to inspire, for fun, for a cause, then you’re good to go. Never, however, consider it as a venue to lie to, embarrass, hurt or dishonor other people.

Enough means “enough”

Try not to overdo your celebrity status. It’s not pretty when you drown people onto your pool of photos and albums. Give just about your share.

Once you reach overboard it becomes annoying and terrifying. Too much of you better be proportional to substance, sense and taste.

Bragging isn’t a good idea either. You must be better than that.


No one can play your part better than you do. You need not forge an identity that of Paris Hilton. Be your own celebrity and embrace it.

Internet: the new drug

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Admit it.

You’re hooked.

And there’s no stopping you.

Not now. Not ever.

This global phenomenon has definitely turned millions into cold addicts. It has become a way of life, a part of our system, much like religion and disease combined. One taste will leave you longing for more, you wanting to go deeper and farther. You’ll need your regular dose of the internet, that is snorting your Facebook, smoking Youtube, inhaling Twitter or Tumblr, burning YM, injecting Google. You just can’t be internet-free. As alarming as it seems, the internet is legal for a drug. And it can benefit you or destroy you depending on how you take it in.

So how did you even get hooked?

First, you were given the impression that it’s new, it’s hot and it’s cheap. Next, you go about creating an account online in some social networking site where most of your friends are, much like ‘jamming’ with them. So you thought that one try would not do you any harm. One shot is worth the risk. And then the more friends you have, the more you felt the need to log in. The more interaction you have with a whole lot of random people in forums or blogging spots, the more you decided to stay connected. The more superficial games you play which allowed you to take on a different persona got you practically abusing the web. And the more you shop for items in online stores or skim through instant how to’s in google search, all the more made you become dependent. Internet-dependent.

More surprisingly so do drugs, the internet can too, make you skip meals at times. It may have had you stay up so late that you miss school or work the next day. You must have fought with a brother or a buddy or some stranger at one point for still using it when it’s supposedly your turn to click. It alters your mood in many ways you can’t imagine. It could give you a natural high unknown to you, you wouldn’t last a week without it.

We are guilty as charged – the internet can be very addictive. We need it because it has become a part of almost anything we do. It provides service in a million ways. Reconnecting with your long time friends is one, communicating with your family or practically with anyone despite the distance is another, or sharing what you think, know and feel to the world is an understatement as to what the internet has become.

The key is maintaining a balance and doing away with reliance. Sometimes, it could be beneficial to leave the internet alone and consider having ourselves on rehab. Let’s be open to other options, relive the basics, search for new venues. Dive in a collection of books, use your imagination to picture Paris, Sydney or Lima. Look around and appreciate, then rehab wouldn’t seem so bad.