Yesterday I got talking to Gilly at GFI.com and he pointed me in the direction of an interesting post titled, “Why is web security indispensable for your business?“.
I’d recommend having a read yourself as it throws out some interesting figures from a survey that they conducted.
Essentially, the article is about businesses and their need for web filtering solutions in order to protect themselves from malware and other security threats.
One part that really caught my eye in Christina’s post, however, is as follows –
“…if used moderately, allowing employees to check their social media profiles for short periods may increase productivity as it gives them the opportunity to take a short break without needing to leave their workstation.”
I thought this was quite an interesting comment seeing as she’d mentioned cyberslacking earlier in the article and how that could lead to a loss of productivity as well as potential security risks.
I was wondering, then, what your views are on this topic?
Does allowing employees to access social networking sites whilst at work improve or lessen their productivity and does granting access increase security risks by a measurable amount?
How do you manage the topic of internet usage in your business and what successes or failures have you experienced?
Maybe its a sign of my age but I work for a company that allows zero internet access on its systems and I feel thats just the way it should be in order to keep everyone as productive as possible; though nowadays it can be a real pain having to queue for the toilets whilst everyone uses their smart phones instead!