Employers Block Twitter & Facebook
What do you think? Block or UnBlock?
There’s been alot of scuttle but around the internet as to the effect of using social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter while in the workplace.
A matter of fact ScanSafe recorded that “ScanSafe saw a 20 percent increase in the number of customers blocking social networking sites in the last six months” and According to their data, 76 percent of companies are choosing to block social networking and it is now a more popular category to block than online shopping (52 percent), weapons (75 percent), alcohol (64 percent), sports (51percent) and Webmail (58 percent).
Further in the article, which was published on Networkworld.com, Spencer Parker stated that
“in recent months, employers are obviously wising up to the dangers and negative impact on productivity linked to certain sites and more and more customers have chosen to block social networking, online banking and webmail.
Now I know that this article was primarily concerned about employee productivity, but I would like to get your take on the matter.
While doing some more research as to the amount of time spent on social networking sites in general. An article dated back in March of 2009 PC Magazine stated that:
One in every 11 minutes online globally is accounted for by social network and blogging sites, the group found, or 45 billion minutes in total. That works out to a bit more than a combined 85,500 years spent on blogs and social networking sites in Dec. 2008 alone.
The above article may support the fact, that people in general spend quite a bit of time on blogs and social networking sites, and that this could cut into the time while people are at work.
But do you think that companies should block these social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook during work hours, or should the employer jump on the bandwagon and make there presents known on these platforms, and allow there employees, at certain periods during the work day, to access these sites for either personal or business use?
From a marketing perspective, maybe the employer should look at social networking sites as a way of adding value to there already existing customer base, and then let the employee be a apart of that marketing process, by allowing the employee a certain period of time during the day to promoting the company, and by providing customer service through these social platforms, and then after that work was complete, they could spend a little time doing there own thing.
What’s your take?
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