56% Employees Won’t Work at Company Who Blocks Social Media

Facebook & Internet Access Key to Employee Productivity

Facebook & Internet Access Key to Employee Productivity

Many of you know that I’ve long been a proponent of allowing employees access to Facebook at work.  Because companies who block access to these social networking sites only force employees to become more creative in how they access their social network either through using proxies or their personal devices.  And so your employee spends more unproductive work time accessing Facebook because of the security measures put in place.  For a growing number of employees, having access to Facebook is a non-negotiator when it comes to working at their workplace.  Meaning that a growing percentage of employees (56% of employees surveyed) will turn down a job opportunity because that company does not allow them access to social networks during work.

Last week, Column Five released an infographic and studies that support my argument that using Facebook isn’t the time sucker that most employers believe it is, but that it allows us to work better, smarter, and be more productive.

Employee Engagement Tied to Access to Social Media Networks

  • Employees who surfed the internet are 39% more productive than their non-surfing counterparts.
  • Employees are most productive when they work in 90 minute increments with a scheduled time for rest and reset.
  • When employees engage when happy employees or individuals online they are scientifically 9% happier and healthier because of their relationships online.
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Jessica Miller-Merrell

Learn more about Jessica Miller-Merrell, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, the founder of Workology, a workplace HR resource, and the host of the Workology Podcast. More of her blogs can be found here.

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    Well, I think it’s only a matter of time when all employers realize that social networks actually increase productivity. There already are some new methods to encourage employee motivation implemented by many companies such as the so-called workplace exercise regimen. The truth is that money no longer plays a role in employee motivation and the traditional ways of keeping your employees constantly engaged simply don’t work anymore.

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