The Social Media Habits Dilemma
How many of us have observed employees playing games or surfing social network pages during their working day? It’s not uncommon for employers to frown upon such distractions, but what about Facebook minus the games? There are theories that state that Facebook gives employees an outlet to express themselves to others whilst stressed at work. So can this actually be a truly effective tool for work-stress management? Can employees still work productively if they are allowed to use it freely?
Facebook can become an addiction and yet blocking access to Facebook speaks volume on the lack of trust employers have over their employees. What’s more, the attempt may not be successful with the increased usage of smartphones. It is undeniable that people have resorted to Facebook to satisfy their social needs. In our increasingly busy societies, could a platform like Facebook improve workplace productivity by satisfying employees’ social needs and so rendering them less stressed?
In any organization, employers have to instill the right working attitude in employees so that they understand that the ultimate goal is productivity, and also equally important these days, teamwork.
Perhaps the message should be that they are free to access Facebook anytime they want, but not at the cost of their own productivity or their relationship with colleagues. With that approach, employees feel that they can be trusted to make their own judgment and hence stay satisfied with the company. At the same time, they remain motivated to do what they have to do.
Developing a strong work ethic in the workplace can go a long way. If employees simply don’t care and access Facebook when there’s work to be done, chances are that any newcomer would follow suit as well. Behold the power of cultivating a constructive work culture!
Do you promote a constructive work culture for productivity?