Social media is moving at a fast pace and due to this many questions have arisen in this regard. A question that seems to me of utmost importance at this time of development is Does the use of social networks in the workplace increase or decrease productivity?
I think this may be a controversial issue due to the amount of divided opinions that we can find online. However, it is essential to establish clear parameters that help us and help companies understand the benefits that free access to social networks can bring and that if used in the right way, can increase the productivity of employees.
It must be made clear that companies are made up of people , people who communicate, who have common interests, who establish relationships and friends. Pretending that employees are only instruments of work with no other mission than to fulfill their daily tasks has never been the best human resources strategy.
Companies know that socializing has always been good for business, and so much so that there are budgets for this purpose such as meals, meetings and conferences, which are not only to establish contacts or explore the market but also to simply create a link human and personal.
Concern or rather fear about the possibility that employees may use social media to waste time, cause information leaks, speak ill of the company or simply act improperly on behalf of the company is usually the main reason for blocking these types of sites.
Although all these reasons are valid and may effectively scare companies to adopt new forms of communication, social networks are growing and are becoming more forceful. However, these fears can be solved with good communication with employees and above all by issuing a code of ethics that specifies the correct use of social networks in the workplace. This type of guide will mark the allowed parameters and establish the rules that must be followed when interacting on social networks.
Blocking access to social media inhibits the professional development of employees and can reduce business opportunities as well as the company’s ability to engage with its customers and provide better service.
I would like to know what you think: Does the use of social networks in the workplace increase or decrease productivity?