[UFO Chicago] OT: Email in the workplace

Christopher D. Heer cheer at dls.net
Mon Aug 7 07:18:25 PDT 2006

Depending on the industry, some companies restrict access to personal email
for liability reasons.  I have a couple of clients in the investment sector
that do this.  They tell me it’s a result of SEC regulations regarding
personal communications from employees.


From: ufo-bounces at ufo.chicago.il.us [mailto:ufo-bounces at ufo.chicago.il.us]
On Behalf Of Douglas Thompson
Sent: Monday, August 07, 2006 12:17 AM
To: ufo at ufo.chicago.il.us
Subject: Re: [UFO Chicago] OT: Email in the workplace

i worked for a company where the standing policy prevented us from accessing
our personal email.  of course, i used google to by-pass whatever filters
they had in place.  i don't think that would work in all cases though.  as
for why companies restrict personal email access, the only reason i can
think of would be to cut down on the number of viruses released into the
work environment. 

as far as i'm concerned, whether or not i could access personal email would
not be a deciding factor for employment with any company, regardless of
benefits or salary.  but if a company monitored my every action, i would
only work for them if i really needed a job and/or did not intend to stay
for too long.  on that note, micromanagement irritates the hell out of me,
and negatively impacts my job performance, so i would put up with it only
for as long as i had too, then i'd be off to new and better adventures. 

On 8/3/06, Brian Sobolak <brian at planetshwoop.com> wrote:

Hi --

A theorhetical question:  would you take a job where you were prevented
from accessing your personal email at the office's network?


Brian Sobolak

UFO Chicago -- Users of Free Operating Systems
Free Software Rules -- Proprietary Drools!

More information about the ufo mailing list