Is social media really the worst thing that has ever happened to workforce productivity? Here are some serious pros and cons of social media on productivity at the workplace. So, it’s up to you to decide.
Pros of Social Media on Productivity
If used for knowledge sharing, social media reduces time spent on information search which increases productivity by 20-25%.
Helps in learning
With the help of social media, employees learn more in a shorter period of time. Result: increased productivity by 21.5%.
Looking at cute animal on YouTube, sharpens focus and improves productivity by 9%.
Is a source for creative ideas
Social media is a place for inspiration, while the minutes spent there gives you time to filter out the best ideas.
Gives a mental break from the workplace
Social media gives your brain a break and works as a quick mood and energy booster.
Cons of Social Media on Productivity
Makes you work more, but not more effectively
It’s difficult to filter reliable sources, so you can end up using information that gives no result.
Can be blamed for the loss of motivation
Facebook can make you depressed and thus less motivated, which leads to decreased productivity.
Is a waste of time
Social networks are the 2nd biggest time-waster at work: 14% say they’re the top time-waster.
Still not the best productivity booster
Sitting still at the laptop is in general a less effective productivity booster than physical activity.
Can cause addictive behavior
Dependency on social media can lead to focusing problems and chances of disregarding responsibilities.