SOCIAL MEDIA AT WORKPLACE IS A TIME SINK
While social media may be the most sought after employer branding and Marketing tool, the unrestricted usage of it is having a negative impact on employee productivity states TeamLease World of Work Report. According to the study, around 32% of the total time spend on social media during working hours is used for personal work indicating a huge loss of official resources and productivity. In fact, 13% of the total productivity is lost owing to the social media indulgence alone.
Further, as per the study, apart from loss of productivity, the extensive usage of social media by employees has also resulted in an increase in loss of confidential information, defamation, misinformation and employee solicitation.
A detailed drill down on the nature of usage and time spend, according to the report, indicates that Facebook is the most visited social media platform. Out of the 62% employees who accessed social media during working hours, nearly 83% of them spend significant time browsing Facebook.
Hours spend on social media
Commenting on the report, Mr. Kunal Sen, Senior Vice President, TeamLease Services said, “Social media comes with its own inherent merits and demerits. In fact, indulgence in social media and the resultant slacking is a testimony of pastimes getting more interesting than work. Hence rather than blindly instituting rules, organizations should get to the root cause of the misuse and devise policies that make work more challenging and the work culture more aspirational.”
‘Social Media at Workplace’ is the third in TeamLease survey series under 'World of World Report' to understand ‘India’s evolving World of Work’. The survey was administered on HR managers across sectors. The current survey series aims to understand the pulse of young Indian workforce to the different aspects that govern the working environment.
With youngsters being less patriarchal and more sensitive towards gender parity women employees’ favour younger bosses states ‘The Younger Boss- Older Subordinate’ relationship, a detailed research elaborating India’s evolving world of work.
According to the report, more than 52 percentage of women in the start-up sector preferred working under younger superiors. Women felt younger bosses were less prejudiced and more open to diverse point of views. The liking for younger bosses is not just restricted to women, even male employees preferred younger bosses. Around 75 percentages of men, in the start-up industry were open to report to a younger superior indicating a clear shift in the qualities that define leadership. Though there is a penchant for youngsters, there is an equal and strong wave of resentment towards their leadership style. While more than 57 percentages of the entry-to-mid level employees across sectors favoured working with younger superior, around 75% of the seasoned professionals (talent with more than 20 years of experience) looked forward to working with older bosses. They attributed the older chiefs with better capabilities to handle complexities, ambiguity, people and organizational transformations.
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Referral programs have been touted as the newest holy grail of hiring. Purportedly, referral hiring is the silver bullet that solves for employee engagement, culture fit, hiring costs and retention. While some of these benefits may be real and might even be significant, the industry is abuzz with the pitfalls of referral hiring as well. And the most destructive of them all, Talent Managers say, are clique forming and mediocrity breeding.