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Does social media improve productivity?

31 October 2012

Executives have been advised that allowing their staff to use social media sites while in work could actually have a beneficial effect on their productivity, contrary to the policies of many corporations.

According to Adecco, letting employees use sites such as Facebook can have a similar effect to offering them short screen breaks, refreshing them and making them better-able to cope with the demands of the working day.

"If staff feel able to touch base with their out-of-hours lives in office time, they are increasingly happy to stay after hours to put the work in," the report claimed.

While 50 per cent of chief executive officers still ban social networking in the office, projections suggest that only 30 per cent of companies will uphold such a policy by 2014.

John Suffolk, global cyber security officer at Huawei, recently urged businesses to cooperate with the government to boost their data security policies.

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Categories: Functional Practices, Human Resources

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