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Acceptable Use Policy

Years ago I started a day job. The atmosphere was relaxed and informal, but I didn’t want to take anything for granted and so asked the studio manager what the policy was for using the internet at work.

He put his hand on his chin and paused pensively for a second or two before declaring “If you find any good stuff, make sure you share it.”


Good on them. Companies that restrict Internet use on the grounds that employees will rinse it are incredibly short-sighted.

I mean, it doesn't happen with offline does it?

"I'm afraid the library is closed because of consistent abuse of the erotic literature."

— Bev, 24th Apr, 3:22pm

You only need a strict AUP if you have employees who are poorly-motivated and/or lazy. In which case, the AUP is the least of your worries and you're better off spending time improving the workplace and hiring better people.
And of course, companies that have all manner of silly rules tend to scare off talented people who don't want to be nagged or patronised, so it's a vicious circle.

Matt Round, 25th Apr, 7:01pm

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