Work is changing.
No, scratch that.
Work has changed. We work more now than ever at more and more varied times and locations.
The concepts of work-life balance and personal time vs. company time are blending, getting more and murky. Therefore I was taken aback by a recent question I got about mobile professionals and devices.
What do you recommend a company do when sales team members use mobile devices for personal use on company time?
My snarky answer: Let them!
Slightly less snarky: Why does it matter?
The real problem you want to be looking at is not about when or where they are accessing personal resources or websites, but rather if they are still achieving the goals and completing the work expected of them. If this baseline metric of success is getting accomplished, does it really matter if they check Facebook twice during the day or comment on an Instagram photo?
Think of it the other way, from the employee’s perspective. If they are expected to respond to work emails, texts or other types of communications after typical business hours, on the weekends or even during their vacations, then you probably need to let the door swing both ways here.
I have aggregated a few links for you if you are thinking about topics like this in your organization. With BYOD a virtual tidal wave now, I’m sure many of you are.
Both sides examined:
The comments here are insightful, overall:
On security issues you may consider:
On social media and the workplace:
- 10 Surprising Social Media Statistics That Will Make You Rethink Your Social Strategy | Fast Company
- The social economy: Unlocking value and productivity through social technologies | McKinsey & Company
Surfing the Web helps productivity at work:
It’s not an easy problem to tackle. You must take each case individually. Sure, a policy can help, but there is no substitute for clear communication – and, in this case – a little understanding of the situations you put your workers in.
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