As the social media phenomenon became more popular, many employers were quick to take action to see that access to Facebook and Twitter sites was denied to their employees. Employers viewed social media applications as potential distractions and were fearful that if allowed, use of social media would result in a decreased rate of productivity.
Managers beware. Ban Facebook at your peril.
This is one finding from a new book on wellbeing, which says employers need not fear social media as it can actually help improve productivity.
Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements, to be released later this month, draws upon Gallup Consulting research from more than 150 countries.
The study identified five essential elements to overall wellbeing – career wellbeing, social wellbeing, financial wellbeing, physical wellbeing and community wellbeing.
The book’s co-author, Tom Rath, says a person thriving in all five elements will be a better employee.
‘What’s best for the individual as we look across those five elements is by no means in disagreement with what’s best for the organisation,’ Mr Rath said in a video message played to journalists at the book launch in Sydney this week.
‘As individuals and work groups and organisations invest in the well-being of their employees, the families that surround the organisation and the markets they serve as well, that also results in substantial financial returns for the organisation and communities.’
According to the book’s finding, part of the reason blocking Facebook and Twitter at work may prove detrimental is that people need about six hours of social interaction a day, whether they are introverts or extroverts.
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