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Companies 'should limit social networking'

Published: Monday, 21 April 2008   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

Constant use of social networking websites at work could be costing south coast enterprises tens of thousands of pounds, it has been claimed.

Ringwood human resources company Jaluch claims it often hears from businesses which feel productivity is being reduced as a result of social networking.

According to Jaluch, a company with 100 or more employees logging on to social networking sites for 30 minutes a day could result in the loss of tens of thousands of pounds in lost time every year.

Helen Clarke, managing director of Jaluch, said such sites are "a force to be reckoned with", noting that Facebook alone has more than eight million users in the UK.

"Although there are benefits to letting staff manage elements of their personal life at work, companies should make sure their internet and email policies are robust.

"With the right policies in place, employees who spend too much time socialising online could be disciplined for misconduct - specifically misuse of company time," she said.


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