Friday, November 26, 2010

Social Networking & the Workplace

David Kellher,5 Problems with Social Networking in the Workplace, Information Management, October 6th, 2009, Accessed November 26, 2010.

Today social networking is becoming an big part in our everyday lives. We have it on our cell phones, in our laptops and even in our gaming systems. It seems every moment of the day needs to be diarized and our current actions updated. From sites like Facebook, Myspace, Linkedin, Twitter, andTumblr, our lives are now slave to catching up and telling others what we are doing.
Employers however are starting to become more aware of the time that is wasted on these sites and more and more reluctant to allow their employees to have access to them at work.
This article outlines some of the benefits and concerns that employers have with social networking in relation to the workplace. The article however points out some great advice to employers regarding social networking.
"If a business is going to allow access to social networking sites, there are some basic tips to follow:

  1. Restrict access.
  2. Educate and train staff.
  3. Set security and usage policies. "
I myself see the benefits of social networking but being a student in the LGLA program I also see how people abuse and waste their time being a slave to these sites. Social networking is important, getting your name out there and developing contacts, however you don't need to be on it twenty four seven. Its more become and addiction rather then a constructive use of time. You get paid to work, not to tell the whole world that you had a sandwich for lunch.

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