The Impact of using Social Networking Sites at Workplace

Social Networking…Does that term sound familiar? No question of an unfamiliarity, right?

If you are still not aware of what a social networking site is, then let me tell you that everything starting from Facebook, LinkedIn to Twitter can be called a social networking site. These are basically sites that help you network with other people and build a network.

How often have you been using a social networking site at your workplace?

Social Networking sites have become a menace to any workplace. But if you are an employee, I am sure that this statement would have created a frown on your face. My intention is not to do that, rather it is just to initiate a discussion around the topic.

Is Social Networking impacting work?

Social Networking is no more just a medium of interacting with your friends or, family members. It has gone far beyond that. Take for instance, LinkedIn. It has become a medium of connecting with people professionally. Over the past year or, so I have been able to connect to quite a few HR personnel and Talent Acquisition team members and I have received a few private message from some of these connections for job openings that they were responsible for filling up.

LinkedIn has a lot of features that help recruitment personnel make decisions. Because of the fact that this is a professional social networking website, people are more inclined to showing off their professional qualification and experience. Add to this the fact that there are a lot of people who vet the profiles and recommend them on the basis of their previous experiences. All of this gives the option of carefully scrutinizing these profiles before recruiters approach the prospective candidates.

But, does this license such social networking websites to be used at workplaces?

Social networking websites are not usually included in the list of prohibited websites in most organizations, which gives me an impression that such organizations do not have a problem with their employees accessing such websites. Whatever the approach of the organizations, the impact of using such websites on the routine work at job, is huge and undeniable.

It has been observed that employees spent a lot of time, at the cost of their work on networking. This not only impacts productivity to a great extent but also impacts the service that an employee provides in the course of his work at office. Efficiency and quality of work is all impacted.

Facebook and such other websites have a lot of positives and is a way of life these days. But should it be done at the cost of work? My opinion might be different from that of yours. Whatever your opinion is, it is always welcome. Let them come in the form of comments to this post.

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