Source | The Economic Times : By Varuni Khosla
NEW DELHI: Unrestricted usage of social media at the workplace is impacting employee productivity states a new study by TeamLease. The World of Work Report states that around 32% of the total time spend on social media during working hours is used for personal work indicating a huge loss of official resources and productivity. Additionally, 13% of the total productivity is lost owing to the social media indulgence alone.
It goes on to add that, 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, misinformation and employee solicitation.
A detailed drill down on the nature of usage and time spend, according to the report, Facebook is the most visited social media platform. Out of the 62% employees who accessed social media during working hours, nearly 83% of them spend significant time browsing Facebook.
Kunal Sen, Senior Vice President, TeamLease Services said, “Indulgence in social media and the resultant slacking is a testimony of pastimes getting more interesting than work. Hence rather than blindly instituting rules, organisations should get to the root cause of the misuse and devise policies that make work more challenging and the work culture more aspirational.”