The unrestricted usage of social media is having a negative impact on workplace productivity, as employees spend more than 32 percent of their time on social media every day for personal work, says a study. According to TeamLease World of Work Report, an average of 2.35 hours is spent accessing social media at work every day and 13 percent of the total productivity is lost owing to the social media indulgence alone. “Indulgence in social media and the resultant slacking is a testimony of pastimes getting more interesting than work. Hence rather than blindly instituting rules, organizations should get to the root cause of the misuse and devise policies that make work more challenging and the work culture more inspirational,” Kunal Sen, Senior Vice President, TeamLease Services said. Also Read - No, Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and Instagram will not stop working in India (Not right now)
As per the study, apart from loss of productivity, the extensive usage of social media by employees has also resulted in an increase in loss of confidential information, defamation, and misinformation and employee solicitation. According to the report, Facebook is the most visited social media platform. Out of the 62 percent employees who accessed social media during working hours, nearly 83 percent of them spend significant time browsing Facebook. Also Read - Her Circle content and social media platform launched on the occasion of International Women’s Day
The report noted that the use of social media at workplace and resultant slackening has become very rampant. Some employers have policies in place, and some are leveraging social media to their benefit, but most are clueless about how the menace could be handled, it said. The ‘Social Media at Workplace’ is the third in TeamLease survey series and was administered on HR managers across sectors.