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Created by : Sridhar Kumar, Sales/BD Manager, Geometric Software  | 06 28 2008 04:19:01 +0000
Industry : IT ServicesFunctional Area : Web 2.0 +(Technology)
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With increase excitement going around social networking what steps should companies take...
 
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Vineet , I agree in terms of access control but we are seeing a shift by the companies who are using such networks for viral marketing, recruiting, peer networking, and even emergency coordination and communications."An InformationWeek Research survey earlier this year found that social networks were used by 48% of companies positively and it will be growing". Many companies began moving towards social networking after an internal study showed that employees were often looking for colleagues with expertise in certain areas or for authors of information they found useful to do their things quickly.

I feel companies should allow certain types of social tools which are more on knowledge & expertise side by restricting access to certain aspects of the platform. I feel they can do this.

Social networks can be a channel for organizations to reach users for business development specially for those companies that are small and operate independently, it can be valuable.

At the end companies must decide whether to take the build-it-yourself approach or simply hitch on to social networks because private networks offer greater control and protection, while the Web approach makes it possible to reach more people.


By Mukti Barai, Project Lead, HP  06 30 2008 04:36:38 +0000
 
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I opposed the motion because I think we need to see things in different light.I would like to ask in a company how many people would use it for Business Development and as a recruiting tool? To my experience there is only a limited set of people in a company who work on business development and recruitment. Giving them access to these social networks will be a good idea but not for the rest of the company. It is now a known fact that most of the people spent a lot of time on these social networks just for fun. This can be concluded by simply looking at the popular social network like facebook where out of the 24,000 application widgets developed 85% account just for fun and sports. So I will not be entirely wrong to conclude that a social network is still a place where average people look for fun.

However i would like to take this opportunity to discuss a way in which companies can use social networks for all employees and draw benefits of it. Imagine a social network inside the company i.e. a social network for only employees of the companies. For most of the big companies their employees are distributed geographically. But these employees do team up or share work dependencies. Allowing such teams to create a network or community within the compnay interanet will allow very effective colloboration and a Intra-Company social network for efficient processes.


By Vineet Singh, Information Systems(MIS)-Manager Inkriti  06 29 2008 19:04:54 +0000
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It must shifted to some limit to access the social networking so that they also get time to connect with friend and the company profit does not effect a lot .
By pragati parihar, MBA/PGDM student, banasthali university,jaipur  | 07 13 2011 15:16:17 +0000
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Employees should be allowed to use social networking sites at work, unless and until, deliverables doesn't get hampered.Even as Mihir mentioned, there also occurs the problem of usage of the network, but to be checked at timely basis.

We are professionals and need to be matured - enough of what we are and where we are and what are we supposed to do. Infact,in general of total 8 hrs, a professional can utilise atleast 1-2 hrs a day for improving and updating his/her skill sets, which in-turn might help at the work-place.

 


By Radha V, Project Lead, Confidential  | 06 02 2009 19:01:13 +0000
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Ya   Maraji u r right. It is a knowledge tool; we can take the example of “TOOSTEP”

This the platform where all professional can share their knowledge and experience, it’s only possible for all of us because of allowing it at work


By Mangala Shetty, Project coordinator  | 05 21 2009 08:35:05 +0000
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Totally agree with Mihir here.....Today social networking is not just mere sharing photos..chatting with friends online. today it has a much bigger picture than it had several years ago..today these sites are used for creating a Brand value..and discuss problems on the work front..one can get various answers for his question and its all happening at the free of cost..as he is getting free knowledge just by a click...i truly support to allow the use of social networking sites at the workplace..


By Radhakrishna Marar, Business Analyst, Oracle  | 05 21 2009 08:22:39 +0000
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This is really bone of contention in todays IT policy drafting, what is the level of freedom should be given to the employees. Generally all the mgt like to give full control, as it gives positive brand image of the company, useful for business development, hire people, pass the views that creates the creditabiltiy for the comapny. 

But as for all good things, there is the other side of the coin, the employee use this networking for there indivuial benifits and try to leverage the same for job hopping. And sometimes spend to much time on these, which may not affect the employees work, but it affects the internet bandwidth of the company and impacts the regular projects.

So there needs to be a policy but it needs to based on the maturity and job role of the employee and each reporting manager should be able to take a call.

Botton line - social networking is must in today's world for creating bran value, business development and pulling the resources in rigth fashion.


By Mihir Jhaveri, PMP, CSCM, Senior Manager/Pre Sales & Solution Lead/SCM/Strategy, Bristlecone India  | 05 20 2009 17:40:45 +0000
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Focus is diffrnt can b shifted due to othr things also if u r free want to see wht ur frnds r doing thn it will b grt tht will refresh u in d sense...


By Rameez Chinde, Project Engineer, CSS (Computer support systems)  | 05 19 2009 14:48:48 +0000
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I think social networking is the in thing right now...where people are not just merely wasting their time at these sites..in fact they are making some good professional connections..and discussing on issues related to their work and other stuff..and this is good...where employees can discuss various things that are happening...and one can't work for the whole 8-10 hrs so it should be allowed....


By Navneet Bhatnagar, Team Lead, Wipro  | 05 02 2009 05:47:10 +0000
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A software developer spends more than 8 hours in office, more than 1/3 of his day's time in office. So I see no point in preventing him browsing the social network site. There are so many ways to stay connected these days, what's the point in taking out one such option from him.


By Arup Mondal, Consultant, PricewaterhouseCoopers  | 05 02 2009 05:18:06 +0000
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I think there should be some amount of freedom for the employees at the workplace as it is necessary to make them feel at home.Even if the employees are using social networking sites during work-hours,it will only benefit the organisation because that will result in increased productivity of employee.In between the work if an employee is switching to some other thing then after some time he will be more motivated to come back to the work.So it will always help an employee to keep his motivations level going.


By sumitra dutta, Consultant, XYZ  | 04 30 2009 05:45:55 +0000
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Diwakar you are right we being the social animals need to have access to the social networks...If not casual social networking website. One should surely have access to linkedIn , toostep kind of social networking website where one can interact with other professional and gain knowledge. The knowledge gained can be utilized in the current organization.

The organisation and the employee should make sure that it doesnt affect they productivity in a negative way.


By Gargi Sinha, Senior Consultant, Hewitt Associates  | 04 15 2009 10:55:03 +0000
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It should allow but within a certain time frame. Like before ofice hours, in lunch hours and after office hours. In this way, one can have access to the freedom of social networking site as well as should remain less distractive from the temptation of too much socializing :-)


By Anirban Bhattacharya, Software Architect, Novartis Healthcare Pvt Ltd  | 03 23 2009 13:29:24 +0000
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I feel that its a human nature to do the stuff you are told not to do, so baning is not relevent until its required by security concers or if employees are missusing it


By Darpan Sinha, Tech Architect, Royal Bank of Scotland  | 03 23 2009 09:41:55 +0000
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I think, they should be allowed. We are a socail animal and need this.

Also, as these sites now offer business opportunities also, some companies are hiring people to generate business out of these sites.

Leads are more trustworthy and also u know you will get the payments. They have lot os profiles, good for HR. Also, if we share our knowledge and problems with each other, its easy and fast to work.


By Deepali Gulati, COO, Knack HR Solutions  | 03 23 2009 07:19:15 +0000
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I think Social Networking sites should definitely be allowed. After all human being is a social animal. Anyone can't get far in career or life if he/she does not have social interactions. Nowadays even HR uses social networking sites to know about the person they are going to hire.

Yes, it should be used productively... not for simply making friends and chatting or any other activity. It definitely brings about value-addition to the person and the company as well in the long run.

 Regards,

Diwakar.


By Diwakar Gupta, Technical Consultant, Meridium Services & Labs Pvt. Ltd.  | 08 29 2008 00:27:18 +0000
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In my point of view it should be allowed in company but it should be utilised effectively by employee and some rules should be made so that they shouldnot missuse.

Regards

sudhir


By sudhir kumar sinha, Founder & CEO, Inovogen  | 08 28 2008 01:07:20 +0000
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Yes, employees should be responsible enough to know when to use such sites and when not. Controlling the access is not a solution, there is always a way to bypass the control. Irresponsible employees will always find a different reason for excuse or fun ;)
By Saket Vishal, Sr Consultant, Xebia  | 08 13 2008 05:07:43 +0000
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I feel it should be allowed but with proper utilization because one has to realize that social networking could become the way to do business in the future, replacing phone and e-mail as the communication medium. And also companies can use it has a recruitment tool for getting top talent with incurring less cost.
By Sridhar Kumar, Sales/BD Manager, Geometric Software  | 06 28 2008 04:19:53 +0000
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Any diversion from serious work lowers productivity!
By S. Muralidharan, Executive Director, Knowledge Foundation & Campus Around the Corner  | 07 13 2011 15:28:35 +0000
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I have experienced that when it comes to lack of focus and mental application for the employees, Job sites and Community websites are very much responsible. May be, it can be allowed in the Internet Zone with activity tracking enabled.

The most important issue to be considered here is Information Security. Even if permitted outside the official network, sharing/leakage of sensitive information that may be prejudical to the interests of the employer cannot be prevented. 

 


By Muralidharan Venkataraman, Partner/Principal/VP,  | 06 06 2009 10:28:56 +0000
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Social Netwroking sites should be a ban during offices as it shift focus to various thing and ultimately there is productivity loss


By nisha gupta, Transport/Distribution Manager, DHARAMPAL PREMECHAND LTD.  | 05 12 2009 05:05:56 +0000
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I would rather ban Social networking site and allow business networking sites. Like i would definitely ban orkut and allow toostep because the purpose of these sites fundamentally are different. I definitely do not see any value in asking "phantom beast" or " sexy stud" if he is looking for a job...LOL!!!

How many alias have you seen in a serious business networking site? Not many and that's where the seriousness comes from.

Cheers

Navneet


By Navneet Chandra, Consultant  | 04 27 2009 05:47:01 +0000
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I support a ban on Social Networking in office. I dilutes working atmosphere, loosens concentration in work. We will have to believe that, all employees are ethical and responsible to ensure judicial use of it. And having all such employees is just not impossible. there will be definitely people, who will exploit this facility.


By Prakash Saitwal, Technical Support Manager, Aditya Birla Management Corporation P. Ltd.  | 03 30 2009 11:04:26 +0000
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BAN, 90% of people go these sites JUST wasting time.These sites must certainly be banned in colleges and university campuses.Students/lectures (young) waste such a hell lot of time doing meaningless stuff over here that its very irritable indeed. Engineers usually kill a lot of time in their university days and these sites have added to all that. It also blocks the band width of the network(slow down the internet speed) by that the productivity of the company is affected.


By Abhinav Chouhan, Team Lead, Wipro  | 03 23 2009 07:30:04 +0000
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These sites should be definitely banned as this results in loss of employee productivity.


By Khaja Mohammed Irfan, Sr. Network Admin/System Admin, Al-khabeer Capital  | 09 14 2008 05:33:08 +0000
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It must not be allowed at work places, employees get distracted when they find a mate which is obvious. There are other places where such activities should be done, but not at work place. There must be a distinct line drawn between profession and personal life.
By Mustafa Mahedvi, Assistant Manager, Serum Institute of India Limited  | 08 29 2008 05:47:20 +0000
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