Q: My office blocks access to my Gmail account. Is there a way for me to get around that?
A: For starters, you could reevaluate you work situation: Do you really want to work somewhere that blocks your Gmail? Probably not. But since quitting your job likely isn't a viable option, there are some tricks -- other than cozying up to your IT department -- for getting around your employer's shackles.
One easy option is to type in a different URL. If www.gmail.com doesn't redirect to your inbox try typing http:// or https:// in front of that URL. For government employees, a source informed us that the https:// prefix worked fine. If that doesn't do the trick, try these:
Navigating through iGoogle also might work: http://www.google.com/ig
If none of those alternative URLs unlocks Gmail, downloading Google Desktop or Google Talk might allow access without encountering restrictions imposed by your IT department. But, if you're employer blocks Gmail, they also likely monitor which programs you install on your machine, in which case they likely wont allow Google Desktop/Google Talk installation, leaving you sans Gmail.