Procurement · 12 June 2017

Why staff are shunning social media at work to take back control of technology

social media at work
Under a quarter of employees admitted to checking social media at work
As an employer, you might feel powerless in trying to limit the access of social media at work. However, new research has suggested mobile devices could be more of an enabler to a small business than a distraction.

In a new study of 1, 200 UK employees, by job site CV-Library, over three-quarters said they never used social media at work.

For the minority who were inclined to check feeds and personal profiles, half would only do so for 15 minutes per day.

Meanwhile, 50 per cent of all respondents said they would never look atpersonal emails in contracted hours.

The findings implied workers were beginning to take back control of their work-life balance in a world of intense connectivity, and might come as a relief for small business owners with concerns over modern devices.

While over half of respondents admitted to using a smart phone at work, almost eight in ten said they never tended to personal tasks during working hours.

In a further demonstration of commitment by Britain’s workforce, 77.4 per cent wouldnt procrastinate online or browse irrelevant websites at their desk.

Looking into steps taken by business owners to address access of social media at work, over two-thirds of workers said their employer had introduced measures to limit the use of technology.

For 22.6 per cent, this meant a blanket social media ban.

Commenting on diminished use of social media at work, Lee Biggins, founder and managing director ofcV-Library, said new technologies had created increasingly blurred? lines between work and private lives.

it is therefore very positive to see that professionals are being careful not to spend their working hours doing personal errands or making calls drawing a more definitive line between their work and home life, Biggins explained.



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