The Telegraph reported this month that 48% of companies have now banned Twitter in the workplace. This would appear to be management responding to (a) the impact on productivity that social media distractions can cause; and (b) the fear that employees may post inappropriate content.
Whilst technical measures can be taken to ensure that employees cannot access certain sites, this is likely to affect staff morale and, with the advent of smartphones, may prove ultimately ineffective. As an alternative solution, management may wish to consider including appropriate provisions in employment contracts and/or staff policies that will regulate employee’s behaviour in cyberspace.
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