Post User Polls

Is porn at work OK?

Dozens of Securities and Exchange Commission staffers used government computers to access and download explicit images and many of the incidents have occurred since the global financial meltdown began, according to a new watchdog investigation. Read the full blog post.

By Jodi Westrick  |  April 23, 2010; 9:51 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
Previous: Sad to see Kate Gosselin go? | Next: Should drunk bicycling be illegal?

Comments

Please email us to report offensive comments.



Duh!

Even knuckle-dragging teabaggers know that ... oh, yeah, they're the ones who were at the SEC ....

Posted by: bs2004 | April 23, 2010 11:41 AM

It's inappropriate, and most employers have policy against it (as much, I suspect, to avoid "hostile environment" issues if an employee who dislikes it is exposed to porn at the office).

However, it has nothing to do with whether the employee is also doing his or her job competently.

Whether viewing porn, shopping, reading the Post, whatever, on a computer, we handle much - even most - of our transactions these days online, and spend many hours, usually much more than 8, online for business purposes, whether in an office or at home.

So ratcheting this up as if it were somehow connected to the work of the SEC is pretty silly, but given that anything involving sex, anything at all, sets off so many people in this country, it is probably inevitable.

Posted by: paulhume | April 23, 2010 12:52 PM

Why are the WP's user poll questions almost invariably stupid?

Posted by: dkp01 | April 23, 2010 2:32 PM

The poll could use better wording...

The answer is no, it is not ok at work. Keep it away from there. It only causes trouble at work. That's not why people are there, and it's not an appropriate use of a persons time, even if they have nothing else to do.

In a lot of places this activity will get you fired. Since porn sites are a favorite target of hackers to plant malicious software, they are also dangerous to your employers business. Better adult entertainment sites will have decent security, but a lot do not.

Posted by: Nymous | April 23, 2010 2:35 PM

It's not appropriate for the office, because it has no place there and it makes others uncomfortable.

That said, there is no reason to freak out about it, either. A quick reprimand should be enough.

Every organization has people who do inappropriate things online. It's just more scintillating to attack public employees for it because they work for all of us.

Posted by: AxelDC | April 26, 2010 4:15 PM

To all the people who SUPPORT and WANT BIG GOVERNMENT. IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT??? BERNIE MADOFF IS SITTING IN JAIL FOR A PONZY SCHEME, YET LOOK AT THE THINGS THAT GO ON IN OUR BIG, OVERBLOATED GOVERNMENT! OH, I FORGOT. THEY WRITE THE LAWS, AND THEY EXCLUDE THEMSELVES. WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

Posted by: barrysal | April 27, 2010 1:06 AM

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2011 The Washington Post Company