Employees spend more time on social networks at work than home
By Daniel Hunter
A survey by a money saving website in the UK has revealed that many British companies could be paying their employees to go on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites without their knowledge, as UK adults spend more time on social networks at work than they do at home and in their free time.
Some managers may need to keep a closer eye on their workforce to check they are doing what the get paid to do, as new research by a money saving website in the UK has revealed that UK adults in full time employment spend more time on social networks when they are supposed to be working that they do at home.
The study came from www.VoucherCodesPro.co.uk, after the team behind the site wanted to look into internet usage and habits following a notably high amount of traffic onsite between the hours of 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, when people would normally be working.
More than 1,000 people answered questions about how they used the internet. All those taking part were adults from the UK and were in full time employment. When asked to select their working patter, the majority of those asked, 69%, said they worked Monday — Friday from around 9am to 5pm.
They were asked to estimate how many hours, per week, they spent on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter when they were supposed to be working; either through a laptop or their mobile phone. This wasn’t to include in lunch breaks or in their own allocated free time during the working day, such as at lunch.
The average Briton in full time employment admitted to spending up to 1.5 hours per day on social network sites whilst they were supposed to be working; or 7.5 hours per week, which in most cases is an entire working... continued on page two >