Companies should not dismiss staff who use social networking sites such as Facebook and Bebo at work as merely time-wasters.
The BBC report goes on to quote Demos as saying:
Attempts to control employees’ use of such software could damage firms in the long run by limiting the way staff communicate…. Social networking can encourage employees to build relationships with colleagues across a firm. However, businesses are warned to be strict with those who abuse access.
I wanted to read the original report on the Demos site, or at least the press release, but there was no sign of it at 8.33 am UK time on 29th October 2008. So we’ll have to make do with the BBC article.
Not much ‘everyday democracy’ going on here if Demos is restricting access to the study!