Transport staff use dating, social sites on job

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Herald Sun: Transport staff use dating, social sites on job. Annika Smethurst. 22 February 2014

VicRoads and Linking Melbourne Authority employees are spending more time on social media websites than any other page. Source: News Limited

Unlucky-in-love transport bureaucrats are whiling away their days searching for that special someone online, while they are meant to be working.

Documents released to the Sunday Herald Sun under Freedom of Information show ­VicRoads and Linking Melbourne Authority employees are also spending more time on social media websites than any other page.

Employees at the Linking Melbourne Authority, the agency charged with managing major road projects, spent more time on Facebook, LinkedIn and ESPN than on their own web page.

Dating website rsvp.com.au was one of the most-visited websites by LMA employees.

While the documents also showed employees were regularly using work-related sites, LMA staff also spent their work hours watching YouTube clips, booking holidays and searching various real estate websites.

Facebook was the most visited website by VicRoads staff last financial year.

And websites that provide live cricket scores had more hits than the agency’s own website.

Wikipedia, eBay and job search websites were also among the top 100 websites ­accessed by the transport ­bureaucrats.

Linking Melbourne Authority spokeswoman Gemma Boucher said the agency has a policy in place that allowed for personal use of the internet during designated breaks.

“It’s important for LMA to monitor its own Facebook, YouTube and Twitter pages on a regular basis to communicate with the community about the project,” Ms Boucher said.

A spokeswoman for ­VicRoads, Sally Pickering, said the agency used social media to interact with customers.

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