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a daily basis besides social network. It’s their ultimate responsibility to stay focused in the workplace and not allow social networks to interrupt them from their work. Brad Friedman conducted a survey regarding the effect social networks have in the workplace. Friedman states that "57% of work interruptions involve either the use of social tools like email, social networks, and text messaging, or switching windows among disparate standalone tools and applications, as well as personal online activities such as Facebook and Internet searches. The remaining 43% of workplace
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distractions comes from activities like phone calls, talking with co- workers and ad hoc meetings. 45% of employees surveyed reported they work only 15 minutes or less without getting interrupted and 53% waste at least one hour each day due to all types of distractions. That hour per day translates into $10,375 of wasted productivity per person, per year, assuming an average salary of $30/hour. Doing the math we learn for businesses with 1,000 employees, the cost of employee interruptions exceeds $10 million per year." (Friedman, 2011) Now Harris suggests that management needs to be spending more time with employees in attempt to control this, which is called micromanagement but on the other hand I completely disagree. Employees should be responsible enough to perform well at work in order to succeed within the company. Underground economy of social networks Paid Services Using Social Networks Social networks allow users to interact with one another while sitting behind a computer without any face to face interaction. Many companies have taken advantage of this by creating fake customer reviews in attempt to boost their ratings. Websites such as Yelp!, TripAdvisor, and Expedia are social media websites that advertise the ratings without knowing which are true or false. According to a Harvard Business
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review, small and independent hotels were receiving high ratings suggesting possible manipulation of the rating system. Advertisement Social Networking sites allow businesses to reach out to any selected group or individuals and personally target them. Using MySpace, Facebook, or Twitter allows any size business to reach a large amount of consumers with little advertising effort. Companies are using these social networking sites to gain awareness and publicity with consumers with little cost or no cost at all. Especially with Facebook, if one person happens to like the page then that automatically is viewed by all their friends which means an average of 200 to 300 hundred view’s per person, if not more. This seems to be just as powerful as a TV commercial except it cost less. Social networking can cause a company to lose money if employees are distracted from their work due to a social networking site, or it can save a company money when it comes to advertising. Aside from economic considerations, social networking also deals with psychological issues and sociological effects.
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