How often do you visit to your Facebook or Twitter account during your work schedule?
I am sure many of you….but keep one thing in mind – Your boss could very well be keeping tabs on what conversations you are having on Social Media sites.
Well, that’s not all about it. With the advent of internet enabled mobile handsets, now, employees can as well log-in to their favorite social media sites through sophisticated (yet becoming cheaper!) mobile devices even as their office computer systems disable the accessibility to such social networking sites.
So, it is but obvious that employers are increasingly getting thoughtful about their staff people indulging in social chatting as employer’s find it tough to keep tab on their cell phone activities.
Initially, restricting their access to the office internet could do the trick, but not any more. The only source to keep a tab on cell phone-based internet usage is instant visits to check the employee’s status during the working hours.
According to recent survey, 71% of the companies have visibility into employee usage of social media. The key finding as per the report says 39% of the respondents’ organizations ban use of social media during the working hours.
The popularity of the social media can be gauged from the fact that a whooping 59% of the firms maintain stricter social media policy. However, 46% of the respondents were unsure if their employees comply with such policies put on paper.
However, a prime cause of concern for business organizations is not as much related with time an employee spends on social networking sites but what employees are divulging via their social networking activity and how that affects the security of their employer.
Thus, the real challenge for the companies lays not just in waste of productive time involved in social networking activities of staff but even grave security hazards attached to infiltration of the system and breach of sensitive information.
While social networking sites come as a big enabler towards enhancing the business prospects and opportunities in the current globalised structure of the world, it also comes with related threats of frauds and hacking incidents
At best, I can say that these are still early days for social networking media. And it would not be too late for the organizations to evolve a policy guideline which promotes social media and at the same time keeps a tab as to how far it can be given a leeway from the security point of view.
What’s your say?