Employers Restricting Employees from Social Networking Sites

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Communication 3050
Employers who are restricting employees' ability to connect with others though social networking sites. December 3, 2010

Social networking has exploded across the Internet in recent years. The sites allow individuals to present themselves and focus on social networking, meeting and connecting with others and can range from work-related contexts to friend-based and special interest networks (Delouise, 2009). With the growing popularity of social networking sites the past few years companies have had to decide whether or not to adopt the sites into the workplace. Employers should not be allowed to restrict employees’ access to social networking sites during work hours because they are powerful, effective, communication tools, which enable employees’ ability to connect with others. Social networking allows organizations to improve communication and productivity among employees, enhances global communication, and is necessary in order to keep up with competitors.

Social networking sites should not be restricted because they provide an improved method of communication to organizations and lead to higher productivity. According to his journal on social networking, Marketing and Management professor Reynaldo Lugtu says, “Social networking also enhances personal bonding among employees, especially in virtual teams. In today’s workplace where team members are scattered in different locations, social networks such as Facebook and Twitter enhance team bonding and communication, which are otherwise difficult to achieve.” (Lugtu, 2010) On social networking sites employees can post news, discuss ideas, ask questions and share links allowing them to find more relevant information more quickly. Social networking sites are great problem solvers as well because they open up the communication to an entire community (Lugtu, 2010) According to a 2009 University of Melbourne report, “Surfing Web sites such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter at work could...
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