The number of organisations blocking access to all social media in their workplace is dropping by around 24% each year. This is great news for social loving employees and also good for the businesses doing it.
It might sound surprising but letting employees peruse the web for personal reasons can actually boost productivity by 9%. The research carried out by the University of Melbourne lead to the conclusion that workers need to zone out every now and then to improve concentration. Surfing the web for personal use is a perfect way to do it.
Blocking social media doesn’t just affect existing employees but also future ones. 1 in 5 jobseekers would refuse to work for an employer who wouldn’t allow them access to social media at work. This figure jumps to 1 in 3 when college students were asked the same question. This younger generation of job seekers appear to feel strongly about being able to access social media at work. 64% said they plan to ask about social media usage policies during job interviews and 24% said it would be a key factor in their decision to accept an offer.
Take a look at the infographic for more information on why social media might just be a good thing for the workplace.