Jessica Miller-Merrell | , , , , , , ,| By
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.
- 56% of employees will not work for a company who restricts access to social media.
- 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.