Monday, December 28, 2009

Should Employers Ban Facebook at Work?

2009 has indeed been the year of social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. But some say that social networking at work has become too costly in terms of lost productivity and too risky from a security standpoint. Is it time for a complete ban on social networking in the office, or are guidelines and productivity goals a better solution?

Should employers ban access to social networking sites like Facebook at work? If you look at the potential security risks alone, the answer would be resounding yes for most enterprises. Aside from the security risk, there's the huge hit that social networking has had on employee productivity One estimate -- from IT consulting company Morse -- figures employee use of social-networking sites cost employers $2.25 billion a year in lost productivity.

Yet even with the productivity and security challenges caused by social media, there is no still easy answer to the Facebook ban question. There are, however, plenty of opinions and guidelines that can help your company make a sound decision around the use of social networking from 9 to 5.

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