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Social Media during the Workday

A 2009 study by Robert Half Technology, an IT staffing company, found that 51% of U.S. companies banned use of social media networking applications such as Facebook and Twitter during an employee’s work hours. Claude Balthazard, a director at the 20,000 member Human Resources Professional Association (with a large number of members in Ontario) says “Most employers are concerned about wasted time, from taking breaks to phone usage. Any technology introduces this worry, it is nothing new”. Some employers draw a distinction between business use and personal use.

It’s true that hard and fast rules do not apply to all organizations. Some employers are creating Facebook sites for employee communication or Twitter messages to distribute benefits information. The bottom line must be evaluating the potential benefits networking sites can create for your workplace, and analyzing whether HR policies outlining appropriate use  decrease unproductive interruptions.

References:

http://www.itbusiness.ca/IT/client/en/Home/News.asp?id=54806

http://www.hewittassociates.com/intl/na/en-us/KnowledgeCenter/ArticlesReports/ArticleDetail.aspx?cid=7135

http://www.thestar.com/living/shopping/article/856714–playing-while-working

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  1. October 15, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    I would think (and it’s just guessing) that resources like Facebook do in the short term distract quite considerably in the work place, depending on the job type. But in the longer term, I would think that Linked In and Facebook create a wider, richer culture of experienced workforces, who are more readily able to travel from job placement to job placement. If I am under contract, I need to be able maintain a network of support. Is this not better in the longer term for employers? I would feel rating or evaluating employee productivity has more to do with the acutal output generated, rather than monitoring Facebook or other internet usage.

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