I’m sure we’ve all had that job where it seems like the day never ends. In a world of increased connectivity, work can oftentimes be the one place where we’re no longer connected to the world around us. Many business owners want to keep it that way. They don’t want distractions coming in and slowing down productivity. Lately though, many employees have started to lash back and demand access to social media while on the job.
In the business world, it’s all about the bottom line. If they can find a way to increase productivity while keeping costs low, they will find a way to make it happen. In some fields, allowing employees access to social media can damage the image of their customer service. Some job markets, such as in construction, require that an employees attention be solely on the job at hand.
What about those desk jobs that so many people have though? I work as a technology technician on a college campus, and I get quite a bit of downtime in between tasks. I’m allowed to surf the web and check Facebook, but many people who have similar jobs aren’t granted that privilege.
In fact, recent studies show that employees are most productive if they’re allowed social media breaks. Compared to employees who were allowed to take breaks but weren’t granted internet access, those who had access to internet for their breaks have been found to be 16% more productive.
It has become time that we get past this idea that Facebook is toxic for the work environment. There should be no reason why social media should be banned during breaks. In fact, even Wal-Mart employees are told not to use social media while they’re at work, even during breaks. This old school way of thinking needs to change. As our society has embraced social media, so too should our work culture.
Using our own technology at work has its benefits, and allowing that access to the outside world will help workers be in a better mood. If this is a free and easy way to raise productivity, then we should let our employers know the facts. Let’s bring social media with us to work!