The Cost of Social Media in Lost Work Time

In a recent survey carried out on workers using social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace at work, it gave some interesting results. When research was carried out by MyJobGroup.co.uk on 1,000 UK employees, it found that an astonishing 6% or 2 million of the UK’s 34 million workforce spent an hour per day on social media whilst at work.

According to onrec, workers tweet, add photos/video to their accounts and update their profiles sometimes for up to 30 minutes at any one time, contributing to more than one eighth of the lost working day. With these results in mind, MyJobGroup.co.uk have given a strong indication that these social networking sites such as the ones listed could be costing the UK up to £14 billion in lost work time which can then have a detrimental affect to the small to medium enterprises.

Despite these findings, 68% of workers have argued against their employers banning access to social networking sites at work as appose to one third wanting sites like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.

What are your thoughts on this story? Do you think that companies should ban these sites or perhaps they could monitor them slightly differently? Give us your comments.

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