Motivating your employees and encouraging them to remain on task is hard enough without having to compete with Facebook, Twitter and the other popular social apps that are notorious for breeding procrastination. While it is true that your staff might have honest intentions of just ‘checking their newsfeed for a second,’ most often, without them even realizing it, they’ve wasted the entire afternoon away scrolling through Pins and ‘liking’ cat pictures.
Regardless of how you spin it, allowing social apps in the workplace can quickly spell disaster – and not just because of how much productivity is lost. If you are a business that regularly uses a business mobile app to streamline operational processes, there is the chance that you might be risking the security of your business every time a member of your staff log into a social app while your business mobile app is running in the background.
To help you better determine whether or not you should block access to social apps inside the workplace, here are a list of the pros and cons.
Cons of Blocking Social Apps
There is no denying the overabundance of social apps, in fact, they are just as relevant in the workplace as laptops, cell phones, and copiers. This is especially true for anyone in an industry that routinely shares information, like marketing, communications, online media, etc. Even if you aren’t in that industry, but you have a media department, social apps are a very necessary business tool. In these cases, it would make little sense to block their use.
Another point to consider is that many social apps are used to enhance productivity and make work easier and more efficient. For example, Skype is a major collaborative tool that helps business connect more efficiently.
Pros of Blocking Social Apps
For businesses that have mobile apps, allowing employee free range when it comes to the use of social apps is risky territory. Something as simple as the slip of a finger, or the wrong key pressed can result in the delivery of sensitive company information to an employee’s entire social network.
Imagine what would happen if an employee were to accidentally copy a contractor client list to send to a coworker via the business mobile app, but they accidentally shared it to their social app instead. These types of things do not happen every day – but they are never worth the risk.