Google clamped down on security by banning contractors and temp workers from its internal Groups forums, and it’s raising new workplace problems (GOOG, GOOGL)

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Last April, Google’s contract, vendor, and temporary workers — known as TVCs — were barred from all internal chat forums running on the company’s Google Groups software, former TVCs told Business Insider.
The company cited security concerns as the reason for locking TVCs out of the Google Groups forums — a former TVC told us.
The decision had a “chilling effect” on the contractor community across Google, isolating them from their full-time counterparts and holding them back from being able to carry out “essential” work.
“You can only do half of your job,” another former TVC said.
Equal access to information was one of the main demands from TVCs during walkouts in November.

Google’s efforts to boost security and clamp down on leaks is deepening a rift between full time employees and the tens of thousands of contractors who toil alongside them everyday, with some of the contractors complaining that they’ve been locked out of internal systems necessary for their jobs.

In April, Google’s contract, vendor, and temporary workers — referred to within the company as TVCs — were barred from all internal chat forums running on Google Groups, three former TVC workers told Business Insider recently.

The company cited security concerns as the reason for locking TVCs out of the Google Groups forums — one TVC who worked at YouTube at the time told us. The decision, he said, had a “chilling effect” on the contractor community across Google.

“They may have contained confidential information,” the former YouTube TVC explained. “But there were also Groups such as food forums, Overwatch forums, Tesla forums — things that would generally bring the community together and things that would actually allow full-time employees and TVCs to collaborate and boost morale. So I think that actually in a way, whether it was intentional or not, [the ban] had a chilling effect on the TVCs.”

Feelings of social isolation aside though, some of the contract workers say the exclusion from Google Groups makes it impossible for them to perform their core job responsibilities. At a company like Google, where many employees begin as TVCs and hope to impress their managers enough to get hired full time, the rule changes have become a growing cause of distress and unease.

One former Google TVC told us that he was blocked from Google Groups that were “essential” to his work and felt fortunate that his manager …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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