Is Facebook good for the workplace?
This question was posed by Myles Wearring in a news article last year, but it certainly hasn’t been answered yet.
The exponential popularity of Facebook has prompted some companies (such as ACP and Channel Seven) to block access to it in the workplace. The fear, of course, is that employees will fritter away precious work hours or engage in other inappropriate behaviour.
However, some companies (such as Flight Centre) actually support the use of Facebook. As I have discussed in my previous article, What is social networking?, it can build a sense of community and encourage information sharing. I also suggest it can help engage and motivate employees – especially the tech-savvy Gen-Y’s.
If you’re leaning towards the “Just ban it!” camp, this more recent article by Myles Wearring may temper your view.
BTW, this debate isn’t unique to the corporate sector. For example, this article by Natasha Elkington reports how a university threatened to expel a student for cheating because he set up a study group on Facebook!
I see the way forward as a balance. Organisations like companies and universities shouldn’t ban social networking outright. Instead, they should manage it to reduce the risks while availing us to the benefits.
What are your thoughts?