On loans, its a personal issue i faced, when i quit my MNC job and joined a start-up. Banks (at-least in india) won't provide loans for employee working on startups. Its very hard to get them.
* It is generally bad form to tell employees what they should do in their free time. We have a lives outside of work and whether it's an open source project, community work, or raising our families. Ever heard of burnout? Everyone needs a creative break.
Yes,i agree with it, you can't force employee to spend their
time with open source project. But it has some great advantage - First of all such employee, won't be involved in politics. They will alway try to improve themselves rather than comparing their team-members.And also it adds value to their resumes.
* Why not? Do you have something to hide?
Its very inconvenient/annoying, when employee at their free time browsing youtube/facebook,playing a online-game of chess,when someone often comes and looks into their desktop.It will create kind of false impression, as if this employee never works. I bet at some-point, the employee would have given 200% at his task. but something might have gone wrong, then he will be told to work hard rather than surfing the net. That's not good. We never go and see what founder does with his desktop/laptop :P
* This is a common practice and a very important security issue
I agree with this, you can remove his email-id from dl so that he can't send/receive mails , but don't block the account.Give him couple of days , so that he download/retrieve any income tax or payslip related documents. How can you suddenly won't trust an employee, just because he resigned ? Or at-least confirm with him before blocking the access.
Yes manager are necessary evil,that can be avoid,if employee head count is less than 50 i think.
Regardless of extra-curricular activities there will always be politics. You cannot "parent" this out of people except by example from the top down and good hiring practices. It may be a good practice, but it is a personal practice -- it should not be enforced by an employer because it is an invasion into private life. Something like Google's 20% time is a great idea but difficult to get working and keep up.
Employee browsing the internet on company computer.
Best way to protect against false impressions is to not engage in questionable activities while at work on company time. If an employee doesn't play chess, browse facebook, or watch youtube while at work, they won't have any problems.
We never go and see what founder does with his desktop/laptop
If the founder wants to goof up, then fine -- but he is not the employee. Employees are the employees and they are responsible for their actions. Founders are not responsible to the employees. It is not mature to argue that "we never go see what the founder does".
None of that is necessary to send/receive income tax slips -- it should all be handed to the employee upon termination. Also, you CANNOT trust any employee who is not in your pay because they are free to work for a competitor. I work with co-workers who have horror stories of what ex-employees have done.
Also, keeping an email account open may be forgotten to be closed by the IT department and may also provide access to other parts of the corporate network which may allow for the ex-employee to sell secrets to competitors.
Shutting down email access is just best business and IT security practices common throughout the entire world. It is bad form to not shut it down.