Does Your Hospital Ban Facebook?
I wonder if Bigfoot uses Facebook at work.
That’s at least as farfetched a notion that giving access to a social networking site at work destroys productivity, which according to one study is only 1.5%, less than all the time spent at “breaks.” In the same study, 77 percent of Facebook junkies access the site while at work, perhaps up to two hours a day; unsurprisingly, 87 percent of users couldn’t give a work-related reason for doing so. Well, duh.
Britain’s Trades Union Congress, representing 59 trade unions and millions of workers, has said banning social networking sites may be overreacting. The problem isn’t wasted time but employers’ ossified perceptions of the technology, which they think hurts productivity or is used for espionage or enemy infiltration.
Please. Is there anything that doesn’t hurt productivity? (This just in: More Work Decreases Productivity.) I’m sure spies are thwarted by Facebook bans, too. If only employees had access to the outside world when, say, they walk out into it.
According to one researcher, productivity increases 9% when employees surf the Internet for less than 20% of their productive time. The idea is that taking a break every 20 minutes or so to concentrate on something else (check the weather, sports, or Facebook status) helps you refocus on your job with renewed energy. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
I sense a cognitive bias at work, or a notion that B automatically follows A, in this case lower productivity and erosion of corporate culture follows access to Facebook and other social networking sites. It doesn’t matter that employees have social lives outside of work, want to be connected to the world, and harshly judge how they are valued. It doesn’t matter what productivity studies show. It doesn’t matter that a use policy developed with employee participation, rather than an outright ban, is a more effective solution. Any evidence supports the notion of Facebook cyberslackers ruining the bottom line, because we already know it’s true. Just like Bigfoot.
I’m guessing Bigfoot would use Facebook at work, if he worked. Try and stop him.