Facebook affects Employees' Productivity

 


Social media has become an ever-increasing part of our lives over the past years. In the beginning facebook was just a platform to connect with friends and people you know. Today, the entire world is on facebook so it's no surprise employees are accessing social networks especially facebook even during office hours. The debate over allowing employees to take part in these activities during office hours is a controversial one.

A recent survey conducted by an IT research company states that companies that allow employees to access Facebook during work hours lose an average of 1.5 % in total employee productivity. Majority (nearly 75%) of the employees who have a facebook account use it during office hours. So if a company wants to restrict/block access to online games or Facebook on their network, but don't want to change their existing firewall configuration or any of their existing network addresses, all they need to do is add a

So if a company wants to restrict/block access to online games or Facebook on their network, but don't want to change their existing firewall configuration or any of their existing network addresses, all they need to do is add a WatchGuard UTM device behind any firewall. It will also help in monitoring and control which applications their users can access. The

The UTM device monitors the traffic before passing it on to the destination.When Application Control is enabled in the policies, traffic is inspected to identify applications and block the traffic for the applications that you specify. Once the UTM device is added to the network, you can enable other security services that  increases the security of your network and you to have a control over the network. By enabling 

By enabling WebBlocker, allows you to block web content based on content categories, or Intrusion Prevention Service, that provides real-time protection from threats such as spyware. This configuration blocks access to all facebook applications, also, you can choose to selectively  block some facebook users and allow others as some may need the facebook applications for their marketing purposes during office hours. For more information about the available WatchGuard UTM security services, see

For more information about the available WatchGuard UTM security services, see here