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How to Control Social Media Use Among Your Employees

By May 10, 2012May 11th, 2022Technology News

Facebook and Twitter have their uses, and they even have their uses in the workplace. Employees can tweet and Facebook about your company to spread the word about what you do. However, like everything, social media platforms have their limit of usefulness and eventually become distractions from work. Employees are less productive when they have ready distractions available like Facebook. But how do you discourage such use of social media in the workplace? The first thing you have to do is start with the word “No”.

Take a Stance

Everyone is tempted to go on Facebook and Twitter while they’re at work, especially if they’re on an unmonitored computer. It’s all too easy to hop on and see what’s up with everyone on the other side. So it’s your job to determine the best approach to monitoring the social media networks to limit or eliminate personal use. This also includes making decisions about how much is okay and what crosses the line. Managing a Twitter account for the business may be fine, but maybe updating a status on your personal Facebook shouldn’t be allowed.

Are you going to allow employees to access Instagram while they’re working, or are you going to only allow it on breaks and lunches? There are tons of organizations that really don’t have any idea how much their employees are neglecting work for Facebook. If you’re not sure yourself, then you may want to explore internet usage tracking tools. There are even reports tools that can tell you the websites an employee visits, and how many keystrokes they had in a certain hour, or how long they visited a particular site. If you have an IT professional, or you know one, ask them for the best tool on the market. Many are very reasonably priced.


Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.