Cisco just completed this study, which shows just how much social media, device freedom, and mobile work means to the next generation. Thinking about banning social media in the workplace? Before you flip the kill switch, read on....
So it would appear that your young workforce seemingly can't live without a Facebook fix. But can you handle the productivity hit? Consider these numbers:
For a good summary of the Cisco survey, click on the infographic above or click here for a summary of these surprising numbers.
Whatever your position on social media in the workplace, address it at the job interview.
The reality is that even if you restrict network access to social media, employees -- young and old -- are going to whip out their smartphones and hit up Facebook, Twitter and the internet.
Obviously, each company has to decide for itself, whether employee use of social media is a good thing for business, a bad thing for business, or no thing at all. For those who consider it a bad thing, consider asking about social-media usage during the job interview. If you don't bring it up, expect that college-grad candidate to broach the subject. The Cisco study indicates that two-thirds of college grads ask about social-media policies in job interviews.
When the topic of social media comes up, don't ask candidates for their social-media logins and passwords to access to their private sites. That shows a complete lack of trust and, frankly, a candidate who takes precautions to protect what they post on the internet from your eyes shows good judgment. But, much like candidates will want to know whether Facebook at the office is feasible or firewalled, you should ask questions about the quantity -- not quality -- of social-media use. This will help you to determine whether these candidates, if hired, will devote more time in the office to work versus commenting on Facebook from work about work.
This article was originally published on Eric B. Meyer's blog, The Employer Handbook
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