Whether you use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc., it is something else that vies for your attention, especially if you receive automatic notifications, updates and messages.
Whereas in the past we may have glanced at our mobile devices if we received a text message, we are now bombarded with reasons to look at them. Similarly, if our social media platforms are open on our work computers, then the bombardment will carry on there too.
Before I get on my soapbox about the lost art of conversation and how nice it was to get a letter in the post, life before social media was a lot less distracting. Social media has the ability to have a very negative effect on business productivity.
Constant notifications or messages
Whether your employees are simply bored by their current tasks and drift onto social media for some light relief or they are interrupted by constant notifications or messages, it is all precious time that should have been used for work and will be in addition to the chat at the photocopier or kettle that already occurs.
We have helped businesses reign back a bit of control with web and content filtering and usage policies that can be applied across the board or on a team or individual basis. These ensure anyone using a company network cannot access social media or other potentially distracting websites whenever they want to. Businesses can either outlaw access to social media altogether or lift the restrictions at break times.
Social media seems harmless enough but if those of us that use it were honest about how many times a day we check our various accounts, I think we would be horrified on both a professional and social level.
But as recent tragic events have also revealed, there is a sinister side to social media. It has also been used as a recruitment and messaging tool for radicalisation purposes.
Web and content filtering solution
Social media really does not have a place in the workplace. It is called social media for a reason. And where your colleagues and employees lack the self-restraint to abstain from using it during work hours, then a web and content filtering solution should be a must-have for any business that does not want their productivity to suffer.
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