An article by Barclay Communications appearing in a tech publication from Northern Ireland is strident in its insistence that blocking employee access to Facebook is a requirement in the face of so much risk.
“According to a recent MyJobGroup study, over half of the UKs workforce could be trying to check and update their social networking sites in work,” the article asserts. “As a result social networking has become one of the biggest and most dangerous time wasting activities in the workplace.”
With my blogs and my Facebook pages and my Twitter accounts, you can tell that I’m a pretty solid social media supporter. You, here, reading this, are probably neutral to positive on the whole thing, too.
There are those, however, that are Luddites unable to see the benefits of social media. Every once in a while, one of these folks finds an outlet where they can cow companies and government agencies into blocking social media access by their employees. There are some standard points that these folks raise over and over (I don’t fault managers and supervisors who don’t know better and accept these arguments on face value, they’re just looking to make sure everyone is safe).
Mr. Holtz answers each facet of the supposed “case for blocking social media access” pretty effectively. If you’ve heard some of these reasons as to why you can’t access these sites, this might give you some ammunition to respond.