UK Employers Ban Facebook & Social Networking Use

When it comes to social networking and the work place there has always been pretty strict rules from my experience about using the sites during work hours although now we are seeing companies and organizations joining up to them too. More are hitting the likes of Facebook and Twitter each day as they have realized the marketing potential.

We are now hearing that UK employers ban Facebook and social networking use in their offices, in fact we have read over on telegraph.co.uk that half of employees are banned from Facebook at work! This starts to raise a few sore points and contentious conversations that employers never really want to have.

Do they allow use and run the risk that their reputation could possibly be damaged or do they ban it all together which will make the staff morale drop. What would be best is to allow some kind of happy medium, in other words when people are on their breaks its fine to check your Facebook but they should all be informed about the potential malware threats if they are working on company computers.

There’s an interesting quote on the Telegraph’s article from Vineet Nayar who is the Chief Executive of HCL Technologies saying that it’s remarkable that in this day and age employers are still putting their employees interests at a low priority. They also mention that back in 2008 there was a survey completed where the results showed that many employees found that they felt more productive after and ‘ebreak’ rather than an actual tea break, that’s half the battle won isn’t it?

Do you find that you feel more productive after an ebreak? Do you think social networking sites should be banned from the workplace? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • James Mayes

    With the proliferation of smart phones and data packages, most people can check Facebook any time they like. A key question is whether an employer would rather have this activity in the open… or drive it underground?

  • James Mayes

    OK, so you're an online social media site, but you moderate comments? #fail

  • http://wsiebusiness.co.uk Peter Rees

    This attitude is simply a demonstration of how unaware certain UK Employers are of social technologies. It shows an extraordinary lack of trust on the one hand and a total lack of insight on the other. Banning the use of social sites simply drives the activity ‘underground’ in the sense that it will continue, albeit via mobile platforms. It is about time that UK Employers of this mindset demonstrated real leadership, by first of all understanding the potential of these technologies, then having appropriate usage policies drawn up, and establishing a usage strategy. To quote Erik Qualman (Author of Socialnomics) the ROI for investing in social technologies is that you remain in business!

  • http://www.rachelpictor.co.uk Rachel

    If employers have to treat their staff like children then there is clearly some issue either with training or discipline. Banning social media may remove a symptom of the underlying problems in the work place but it will also annoy employees who were perfectly capable of using it responsibly. If they are not busy enough, or sensible enough to be using social media wisely at work that is not the fault of social media – or other members of staff.