Microsoft: Many people feel social networking access helps at work

If you work in an office with a PC, there's a fair chance that your company blocks access to your favorite online social networking service, such as Facebook or Twitter. Today, Microsoft has announced the results of a new study that it claims shows that many people like to use social networks while at work and that using those services helps them do their job better.

Microsoft's press release states that the study, which covered 9,908 information workers in 32 countries, showed 46 percent of workers feel access to social networks improves their productivity while at work. The same study showed that many companies block access to such services, fearing the loss of productivity along with security concerns. However, Microsoft says that 28 percent of IT employees know of co-workers who have gone ahead and installed access to social networks at work, even when their company's PC protocols' prohibit it. More results of the study can be seen in the infographic below.

Of course, Microsoft has its own business-themed social networking service, Yammer, that is being slowly integrated with Office 365. Yammer currently has over seven million registered users. Kurt DelBene, the president of Microsoft's Office division, states that in his opinion, social networking services in business will generate as big of a boost to productivity as email did in the 1990s. He added:

As we look ahead at how collaboration and communications continue to evolve, we believe the tools people use today — email, instant messaging, voice, videoconferencing, social — will come together and be deeply integrated into apps in ways that will speed collaboration and truly transform the way people work.

Source: Microsoft | Images via Microsoft

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Article: "18 to 24 year-olds are most likely to ignore IT policies and install social tools."

Real World: "18 to 24 year-olds are most likely to get fired for IT policy violations."

I only go on facebook once a week, and twitter well hardly ever. Since I stopped going on them as much as I used to I am much more productive in work and just life in general. I don't think access should be blocked, but should remain open. But it's nice not reading about every detail of peoples life's that I don't really want to read in the first place and I find it a distraction.

Like it matters if its blocked on the work PC's. Can just use your phone.

Although often the employees cant use phones on the work place. However managers, teamleaders and such constantly do. Which is just plain annoying that such a work rule somehow magically does not apply to some.

People wasting time on Facebook instead of doing what they are paid to do can't possibly be a good thing.

It's blocked in the workplace for good reason!

Well not necessarily. People enjoy being connected to the outside world. If you had access to fb in work you might feel connected to your friends and not isolated. As long as it is not abused a little fb use could potentially increase productivity. Happier workers, means improved productivity.

"Could", 'feel' What is this?

Anyway the potential for econo-spying would be massive;
"Hi, what you up to?"
"I'm inputting the door codes for Fort Knox"
"Hey, send us a pic".... and so on

I can never remember people being that isolated, they just wanted to get at five sharp and have a nice pay package

I can see this if it is a business social network logon/use. Not if it is people's personal social network account. I have seen people spend more time talking to friends than doing actual work.

Mikeffer said,
I guess it all depends what your job is.

Not sure air traffic controllers apply in this instance

"A bad day to register with Facebook!"