Friday 26 May 2017

Over half of Irish workplaces ban social media in 'draconian approach' to business

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Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Over half of Irish workplaces ban the use of all or some social media by their office employees.

In a new survey of 500 staff in Ireland by tech firm Ricoh Ireland, it was found that 56pc of companies blacklist these platforms.

Some 47pc of the workplaces ban the use of Facebook while Twitter is forbidden in 36pc of Irish office.

Picture sharing platform Instagram and multimedia messaging app Snapchat are not approved in a third of workplaces.

Furthermore, the alternative to texting - Whatsapp - is banned from some 30pc of offices.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the large majority of 16-24 year olds surveyed (82pc) believe that social media and collaboration technology will improve their workplace relationships

That's contrasts with only 23pc of office workers aged 55 and over who agree.

However, almost half (49pc) said they would like to see wearable devices equipped with healthcare apps added to their employee packages.

Women (56pc) were more interested in this option than men (44pc).

Meanwhile, less than one fifth (18pc) of office workers deemed their employers’ current infrastructure as excellent.

“Outlawing sites like Facebook demonstrates a draconian approach to social collaboration and prevents employees from developing their own digital workstyles," Chas Moloney, director, Ricoh Ireland and UK, said.

"Businesses should reverse blanket bans on social tools and where appropriate integrate them into office working environments.

“Employees cannot improve their digital dexterity if they are denied access to familiar social tools and platforms that can be used to improve their skillsets,” Moloney concluded.

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