A new Deloitte LLP study claims that 60% of executives have a right to know what their employees get up to on the likes of Facebook and Twitter, especially at work.
Indeed in October last year, ‘an online survey of 1000 Australian employees found 55 per cent said their boss had banned sites such as Facebook and MySpace’. Some bosses go further and fire their employees after monitoring their online activity – a practice I deem highly unethical.
However, a TUC briefing document from 2007, ‘Facing up to Facebook‘, says: “A number of employers have moved to ban use of Facebook at work… In some cases this may be an over-reaction.
Handled properly, personal access to the Internet during lunch breaks could be a valued benefit for staff, and also help employees develop useful IT skills.”
Indeed, another survey found that ‘both salaried and hourly workers are finding ways to use Web 2.0 (social) media at work, for work purposes’, something which, in the 21st Century should be a right, not a luxury.
If of course Facebook is banned at work, there are ways around it…
Where I find the contradiction, is other studies which say that, for example, ‘one in five employers use social networks to find employees‘.
Which is right?
I think it depends on the Industry you’re in. Likelihood is that if you are in the media, the majority of bosses will encourage their employees to use social networks to interact and engage, whereas if you are in retail and on the shop floor, tweeting will indeed be a distraction.