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The Case For Facebook: Its Effects on Work Productivity

Saturday 04.14.2012 , Posted by
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Social media has become an ever increasing part of our lives over the past few years. Five years ago Facebook was just a place to connect with friends you knew and foster relationships with new ones. Today, everyone and their mother (grandmother, aunt, uncle, cousins, and cat) are on Facebook; so it’s no surprise employees are going on social networks, and even browsing them in the office. The corporate debate over allowing employees to partake in these activities during work hours is a controversial one.

Employers are constantly questioning the productivity issues connected with letting their employees go on social networks and browse the Internet. The main question they have is this: in moderation, can these breaks encourage psychological engagement and perhaps even help increase productivity?

“Short and unobtrusive breaks, such as a quick surf of the Internet, enables the mind to rest itself, leading to a higher total net concentration for a day’s work, and as a result, increased productivity.”

Dr. Brent Coker, THE DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

Overall evidence suggests that when allowed a few minutes of free time, employees are happier and more productive. What if management took it one step further and brought back the idea of recess?

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Neil Spencer

Written by Neil Spencer



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