We stumbled across this great infographic based on research conducted by Microsoft into how social media is affecting employee productivity.
Microsoft’s research produced some quite shocking statistics:
- On average, workers are interrupted every 10.5 minutes.
- 23 minutes is the average length of time it takes for them to get back on track to their assigned work.
- 28% of the day is spent on interruptions and recovery time.
- Interruptions will cost the US economy almost $650 billion a year.
These statistics may incentivize employers to completely block access to social media sites using their Web content filtering solution, but with over half of under-30s stating that they would not take a job that didn’t allow unrestricted social media access, a move like this may create disgruntled workers, and also limit the ability for employees to leverage social media for business purposes. An alternative solution to a complete block may be to set up a Web filtering policy that uses time-based access quotas, allowing employees to access social media for a set period of time over the course of the day. This grants them a degree of Web-surfing freedom, but ensures productivity is not stifled.
Take a look at the full infographic here and let us know what you think about social media access in the workplace, either in the comments section below, or tweet us @bloxx