The employee with no social media may as well sit in a windowless room, alone

Social media sites have been proven to be a positive feature of the work place after all – maybe not such a surprise to the IT savvy companies out there.

New research by the National University of Singapore found that workers who had access to social media sites are actually 39 per cent more productive at work. Such a figure cannot be sniffed at.

96 workers were involved across two experiments – quite simply, half had access to social media and gaming sites – half did not.

Participants had to highlight specific letters within documents of lengthy text. They then had to fill in a questionnaire reflecting their levels of mental exhaustion, boredom and psychological engagement.

The workers, who came out top for productivity, were also less bored and more psychologically engaged.

“Managers must recognise that blanket policies that prohibit all forms of personal web usage are ineffective, and excessive monitoring is likely to be counterproductive,” the researchers said.

Even a limited amount of personal web time will have a salubrious impact on the employees involved. Nowadays, to cut off access to social media is like cutting a lifeline – this is how more and more people communicate and keep up with the world at large.

The employee with no social media may as well sit in a windowless room, alone.

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Chris Baker is the Global Sales and Marketing Director responsible for the expansion of Calsoft Enterprise Solutions internationally. Formerly co-owner of acquired business, Inatech, Chris has been responsible for developing and promoting the company’s position as a specialist in Oracle solutions within the global IT industry. Chris co-founded Inatech in November 2002 merging with Calsoft in 2008. In a career spanning 23 years, Chris has held influential positions at Accenture, Easams, and Marconi. He was a Member of the Oracle UK Consulting Board during his time at Oracle Corporation UK, where he spent 15 years. Chris has a Higher National Diploma in Computing Studies from Farnborough College with distinction.