Has social media been banned at your work? Here’s why and what you can do about it.
We’re are spending more time online than working. In the 12 months to March 2018, Australian’s spent, on average, 21.9 billion hours on the Internet – compared to 20.5 billion hours at work.
That’s a lot of internet use.
We spend 14.9 billion hours online at home, and around 7.0 billion hours at work, school, and everywhere else. While some of this usage at work, is actually for work or learning purposes, a lot of it is not.
In fact, it appears private internet use at work has taken over from cigarette breaks as the great productivity reducer.
This may explain why your employer may ban the use of mobile phones during work hours.
How does internet social media use during the day effect your work?
Channel 10 reports that reduced productivity from internet [and social media use] at the workplace takes billions of dollars out of the economy.
42% of employees surveyed admitted to checking their social media during the workday [it can be argued that this figure is probably higher, due to some employees not wanting to confess to their addiction].
According to digital health and well-being expert, Dr Kristy Goodwin, studies have consistently found that multi-tasking [or looking at your phone while you’re meant to be working] results in increased error rates and decreased performance.
It can also take up to 23 minutes to get back into full swing of your job after spending time on social media – further eating into productivity and time.
When employers see the negative effects personal internet and/or social media use has on productivity and accuracy, it’s not hard to understand why they may place a ban on personal devises during work hours.
What can you do resist temptation?
If your employer has banned personal devises at work, and you don’t want to risk getting caught, but find yourself tempted sneaking a look, Dr Goodwin has a range of tips to help. They include:
- Put your phone out of sight – and turn it off. If you don’t hear the enticing sound of new alerts, you won’t be tempted to sneak a look.
- Add “Auto” replies that automatically tell people who contact you, the hours you will be online. This reduces your need to instantly reply to personal messages you may receive during work hours.
- Naturally, if you can’t avoid a social media hit, keep it to your designated breaks and to your own time.
- It’s ironic, but there is a wealth of online tools you can use to help you form healthier relationships with technology. “Self Control” or “Focus Me” apps will stop you from opening specific websites at set times.