This article discusses reasons why social media should be allowed in office settings during work hours. This has been a common debate among corporations worldwide and I think it is one that we will soon encounter. Many companies believe social media within the workplace leads to unproductive and unrelated behavior that disrupts the work of employees. However, some argue that social media in the workplace builds a stronger culture and allows people to develop multitasking skills they otherwise might not acquire. Additionally, some claim that “banning” such a freedom in the workplace is impossible and that people will find ways to access it no matter what. I think there are strong arguments for both sides and as a corporate officer in this day and age, I’m not sure how I would manage this freedom.
From personal experience at my internship at a large corporate office, I found it difficult to complete an entire workday without accessing some type of social media. In fact, a few landmark events (for example, the birth of the royal baby or the Proposition 8 decision) happened while I was at work and I heard about them because I happened to check social media during the workday.
As a soon-to-be full time employee, do you think companies should prohibit the use of social media while at work? Have you had any personal experiences with this issue?