Dallas City Hall Lassoes Employees’ Facebook Use

Dallas is looking to put the kibosh on Facebook use by city employees.

Dallas is looking to put the kibosh on Facebook use by city employees.

The Associated Press reported that more than 20 employees at Dallas City Hall were reprimanded or forced to attend counseling following a probe of Facebook use during work hours.

One of the affected workers, Cesar Baptista, an assistant director in the water department, told AP he opened his Facebook page in the morning and neglected to log out of it. He was found to have Facebook open for 68 hours during a three-month period.

Dallas city manager Mary Suhm told AP employees are forbidden from conducting personal business during work hours, adding that new guidelines for social media use are forthcoming and saying, “Computer equipment belongs to the company, and technically, your time belongs to the company, too, while you’re there.”

And Dallas-based attorney Travis Crabtree chimed in, telling AP that using Facebook at work is “definitely on the ‘bad idea’ side. You hear lots of horror stories out there about employees posting things about how they’re either playing hooky, or just fiddling around while they’re at the office, and getting in trouble for it when their boss sees.”

Readers: Has your use of Facebook or other social media sites been restricted or monitored by your employers?