New research reveals that wasting time on social media at work could cost the UK £25.8 billion annually, or £824 per employee.
The study from OfficeBroker.com showed that 35% of staff admit to spending over an hour daily on Facebook at work.
But while it is easy to point the finger at employees and moan about them wasting company time, organisations must also take some responsibility for ensuring employees know what the guidelines are for social media use.
Other research suggests 73% of businesses may never tell their employees how to use social media properly. They just expect people to know what is OK and what isn’t and trust that everything will be OK.
But as with anything to do with behaviour at work, organisations should be clear and explicit about what is appropriate and inappropriate.
The following steps will help to manage inappropriate use…
Having a policy on social media use is only the first step; giving employees a chance to question, discuss and understand it is the far more powerful step and will minimise the sort of time wasting highlighted in the survey and the “difficult conversations” which may need to follow to manage the offending employees.
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