Fastest way to cut costs? Try Internet kiosks

This is a speculative post, following up to “Cut costs by saving time“. I have no data to back this up, just a gut feeling that a pilot would reveal significant cost savings.

Idea: Turn off Internet access from your company network, except at some stand-up Internet kiosks.

Intranet would still be available, of course, as would Internet access via personal mobile devices. But the attractive nuisance of the Internet would no longer be a temptation on the desktop.

As Shalom points out in the comments below, for some people Internet access is part of their job, so for those people an exception would need to be made. Likewise, an exception would need to be made for those who are physically unable to comfortably use a stand-up kiosk.

If I understand Shalom correctly, he also thinks the restriction could be demoralizing even for those who are only using the Internet for personal matters. It’s possible, but I think it’s just as likely that those who’ve been having the most trouble concentrating would be invigorated by spending less time at work and making more progress in their career. And keep in mind, for checking one’s personal email, the stock prices, etc., there would still be both Internet kiosks and personal mobile devices.

When’s the last time you saw someone at work slacking off with their nose in a book?

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2 Comments

  1. For some of us, Internet access is an integral part of our work. More important, turning off Internet access is one of the easiest and fastest ways to demoralize your employees and cause them to quit. Hey! Fewer employees means lower costs!

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    • I agree with the first point. If Internet access is an integral part of your work, then you’d need to be excepted. That’s not an issue in my immediate work surroundings, so it didn’t occur to me.

      On the second point, I doubt that many would be demoralized by an increased ability to concentrate. For checking one’s personal email, the stock prices, etc., there would still be both Internet kiosks and personal mobile devices.

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