The question I would like to debate, “should the social networking sites be blocked by the employer?”. As technology advances at a rapid pace and our reliant on it increases, there is a potential of employees becoming refugee to social network at work place and with it frustration. The future of business looks to be all on digital front. Employers who listens and figure out the right balance will be more competitive. Those that don’t will be left behind.
Social media sites access at work is a topic that has to be dealt with and blocking it would be counterproductive and won’t stop most employees from engaging in the same behaviour the blocks were designed to prevent. There are number of benefits to allowing social media at work. By allowing social media sites such as YouTube, Twitters, Blogs etc. training and learning community can be creative to aid in professional development. As I recently discover the crowdsourcing via social network is yet another trend in the learning community where organisations can reap the benefit in developing services.
Employers are understandably worried about the productivity and the risk associated with allowing staff to access social media sites. Productivity is not a measure of the time employees spend at work engaged in non-work activities. It’s a measure of output, and the wise use of social media can actually help increase output. The question isn’t whether someone is spending valuable time watching YouTube, chatting on twitter, reading blogs at work. The question is whether the work is getting done, on time and to the standards expected of them.
Basic rule treat people like adults and respect them, provide guidance on how to act like professionals, and guess what…..they will.