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Like it or not, Facebook is becoming a huge part of online users lives, but not if offline companies have anything to do with it. It seems that, at every turn, companies are doing their level best to block access to Facebook and other social media sites to employees at work, even though there are compelling reasons why they should do the exact opposite.
This is the subject of today’s infographic, which examines how companies seem to be obsessed with finding out what their employees are saying on their private Facebook accounts, while at the same time doing everything they can to stop those same employees from accessing social media while at work. I’m lucky in that I am self-employed so I can go on Facebook anytime I want, so I can’t claim to know what it is like to be barred from the Internet while at work. But in this day and age, where companies live and die by social media, it is madness that companies don’t allow their employees to go online and promote the company on the one site that everyone is browsing at one time or another.
What about the company where you work? Does it embrace social media and let you and your colleagues onto Facebook? Or is Facebook strictly forbidden? What do you think are the upsides and downsides of allowing people onto social media in company time? Does one outweigh the other? Let us know in the comments.