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Research conducted by HCL Technologies has shown that around 50% of British office workers have been banned from using social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter whilst at work.

Bosses seem to fear that their business reputation is at stake. However Chief Executive Vineet Nayer commented in the Telegraph, ”It is quite remarkable that in this day and age, many employers are still putting their employees’ interests as a low priority by not allowing them to use sites like Facebook.

Surely an outright ban is more likely to have a damaging impact on businesses as it puts forward the message that bosses do not trust their employees. Obviously excessive use of these sites is inappropriate. However other surveys have shown that office workers are more productive after a quick e-break- now more popular than the cigarette and tea breaks.

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2 Comments

  1. Chadwick Galt
    Posted 26 July, 2012 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Very well written story. It will be useful to anybody who usess it, as well as me. Keep doing what you are doing – looking forward to more posts.

  2. Telsec
    Posted 1 August, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Banning social media can also be bad for business. Many small businesses rely on social media to help promote their products or services, while others have employees promoting their brand just by their presence on social media and following the companies fan page or postings.

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