We have a social media problem. And Facebook seems to be one of our biggest addictions. Studies have shown that we spend nearly one hour a day on this social network juggernaut, and that’s just on average. When this translates to the workforce, it becomes an even larger matter.
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Last summer, it was reported that United States employees concede to spending a great portion of the day performing non-work functions. Facebook is one of the many culprits - for instance, workers spend 10 to 15 minutes after lunch each afternoon checking their social media account. This could worsen as Facebook intends to launch its Facebook at Work platform, which is essentially similar to LinkedIn.
Since U.S. businesses are competing in a globalized economy, productivity levels are threatened with this type of behavior. Moreover, with an intensified and ultra-competitive labor market, professionals have to get their Facebook addiction in check otherwise they could eventually be given the pink slip.
If you’re constantly checking your Facebook throughout your eight-hour shift then here are 4 ways to survive the temptation of using Facebook at work.
1. Prevention Websites, Add-Ons & Apps
Creative minds on the Internet have quickly realized that there is a growing problem of time wasters, and this could be an opportunity to cash in. One of these wasters is, of course, Facebook. So developers have created preventative websites, browser add-ons and applications to keep you from heading to a certain website for an extended period of time. Here are some of the more popular features to prevent you from seeking out status updates and the latest wall additions:
2. Remove Email Notifications
If you’re constantly receiving notifications over the smallest things from Facebook, then you have a problem. It’s a prudent step to remove these notifications by revising your Facebook account settings (click settings, choose Account settings and hit Notifications. Apply all options to "off"). Or by using an email filter that allocates these emails to different folders that you often ignore.
3. Ask Your Boss to Block The Website
You can admit to your boss that you have a problem and that you want to improve your productivity by minimizing your access to social media outlets. The best way to acquiesce to such a demand is to block your computer from accessing certain websites, including Facebook - it may even impress your boss or supervisor.
It takes only a couple of minutes to complete this. Click Settings in Content Advisor, type in the password in the "Supervisor Password Required," click OK, hit "Approved Sites, type in Facebook.com and click Never.
4. Use Other Communication Tools
Newer small businesses and startups often utilize Facebook and its messaging platform to communicate with the workforce. Moving forward, remove this as a communications tool. Instead, get an instant messaging client, send an email, telephone the colleague or, better yet, walk up to the individual and speak with them face-to-face.
Although Facebook has been a groundbreaking advancement in technology that has allowed us to connect with individuals from all over the world, it has also become a significant hindrance, not only to our career productivity but also to physical communication. Once we limit our exposure to Facebook, we can, once again, converse with one another in person or over the phone.
Has Facebook had a detrimental to your productivity? Have you taken any efforts to deal with it? Your thoughts and comment below please...