You don’t have to look too far to find an Australian office where Facebook is forbidden, LinkedIn isn’t liked and Twitter can get you terminated. According to Clearswift’s Worklife Web 2011 report, 33 per cent of Australian workplaces now block or discourage the use of social networking. That’s up from 20 per cent last year, and the highest of the five countries covered in the survey.
Not everyone is negative about social networking; 48 per cent of local companies see web collaboration as an essential part of their business strategy. But the narrow-minded “in my workplace, you’ll do what I say” attitude still seems remarkably prevalent, which I suspect just means people do those things on their mobile phones.
The other interesting statistic in the study concerned work-life balance. In the 2010 survey, 48 per cent of Australians said they had issues with work-life overlap; in 2011, that was done to 35 per cent. That’s still 35 per cent more than the ideal figure, but it suggests we have worked out some ways of dealing with the issue.