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How To Keep Employees Off of Distracting Websites

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How To Keep Employees Off of Distracting Websites

As incredible a tool as the Internet truly is, for every website that is beneficial to the workplace, there is another that is certainly the opposite. Naturally, it is these sites that your employees would most likely want to visit if left to their own devices. Sometimes, the best course of action is to remove the temptation and block these websites. For this blog post, we’ll talk about a few ways to do so.

Block Websites from the Network

The most basic way to block your employees from accessing websites is to block these websites from the entire office network. To do so, you’ll need to have access to your router and make the requisite changes.

Not all routers make this easy to control, especially if you want to give some users access to certain sites while blocking others. You may need to invest in infrastructure better designed to manage content filtering for multiple users.

Extensions

Of course, there are other options if you don’t want to fool around directly in your router’s settings. There are a few free extensions available that allow your employees to self-monitor, but this requires additional trust in your employees. Plus, if your employees are trustworthy enough to monitor their own Internet use, you probably don’t need to worry about blocking certain websites.

Ramifications

You should also consider why your employees are becoming distracted at work in the first place. One study showed that, while blocking websites did help previously distracted employees focus better and be more productive, these employees were also considerably more stressed. Furthermore, this same study also indicated that some employees would substitute their online distractions with other activities that sometimes brought them out of the office on breaks.

Get better control over the websites your employees visit. Give us a call at (973) 882-4644 to discuss some solutions for your business.