Social networking sites cost economy £1.4bn (Or: Britain isn't good enough at skiving)
Apparently, more than half of British office workers use Facebook and Twitter. I was going to say 'social networking sites', but no-one uses MySpace anymore and the people who use Bebo certainly aren't bright enough to get an actual office job.
These people, it has been reported, are costing the British economy somewhere in the region of £1.4bn with their skiving.
Whilst that is an impressive/terrifying figure, when you delve a little deeper, it shows just how rubbish British people are at skiving at work. One upon a time, our great beslacked workforce would drink too much tea for skiving toilet trips or walk around the office with a bit of paper to look like they were doing something. Inventive stuff.
Now, it's said that they waste an average of 40 minutes a week (each) by Tweeting and whatnot. 40 minutes a week? That's pathetic!
Some consultant called Philip Wicks, who commissioned the survey, said: “When it comes to an office environment the use of these sites is clearly becoming a productivity black hole. Social networking can be a cause for good when it is used professionally but I think organisations need to wake up – that is not the way it is always being used.”
Boooo! Typical bloody middle-management talk!
David Clubb, managing director of Office Angels, added: “As younger generations join the workplace, I believe UK businesses will, inevitably, have to embrace social networks, recognising the benefits of providing staff with well deserved downtime, but also their potential for business networking.”
That's more like it. Skivers of the world unite! Also, if you're reading this and tutting, you're probably one of those daft people who moans about skivers yet does all their outstanding work for them. You should set up a Twitter account so you can moan about it to everyone.