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Good or bad working policies?

So, we're talking about this on facebook. What would you do if you worked at a debt collecting agency, and your job was to find people and collect their money, but you couldn't use facebook! Then, you find out that the owning company tracks what you do and say on facebook... what do you think about that!?

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Asked by kbishop8688 at 8:46 PM on Aug. 24, 2010 in Money & Work

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  • Well, are they tracking it from a work computer or when you're at home in your own free time? If it's while you're at work they have every right too. They hired you to do a job, not goof around on their time and equipment.
    Now, if you mean while you're at home that's another story and has been widely discussed for the past couple of years. Unfortunately there isn't nothing you can really do. Once you join a site like FB, your life is open to anyone on the internet no matter how private you may make your page.
    But, I don't think companies should have the right to discriminate a person when they do something during their free time (unless of course the person is dumb enough to post themselves doing drugs or something awful like that) in which case all they have to do is perform a drug test.

    Answer by Gnomeofmyheart at 8:51 PM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • Sorry, you're not clear. But Gnome hit it on the head. Never put anything on Facebook that you wouldn't want your grandmother to see.

    Answer by gdiamante at 8:57 PM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • While you are at home they track it!

    Comment by kbishop8688 (original poster) at 8:59 PM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • Since it's while you're at home and you don't want them to know about it there are a couple of tricks and precautions that you can take only they aren't bullet proof.
    A few friends that I have who do not want to be found by their company changed their names (use fake names) so that they cannot be found, also they have their sites set to private and use a photo on their display of something other then them. Also, they do not have any friends from work on their FB.
    They also take care not to post or have anything that could get them into trouble, once it's out there it isn't coming back.
    The only stories that I have found where a company used FB or MS to fire their employee was when the employee posted themselves partying when they called in sick or had photos of them doing drugs.

    Answer by Gnomeofmyheart at 9:17 PM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • They can only track you if you are on Facebook at work, which is against company policy, and is ground for dismissal

    Answer by rkoloms at 9:58 PM on Aug. 24, 2010

  • In this economy does the company really have the extra funds to hire someone to track you on facebook? Think about it. You think the company has someone probably working in HR who spends all day tracking every employee? I doubt it. Now if your boss is pissed at you and tracking just you looking for a reason to can you then consider it notice to start looking for a new job right away. Eventually he will find a reason if he wants to get rid of you. Also why would a collection agency not use every resource available to collect. That wouldn't be a very good business decision either. Companies are driven by money, and they are going to do what makes them money. While your little question makes for interesting discussion it isn't very realistic and will probably end up on Snopes if it isn't there already.

    Answer by LoveMyDog at 9:43 AM on Aug. 25, 2010

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