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Facebook Breaks Equal Happier Employees?

There's nothing more satisfying than having a productive day - whether it's for personal or professional reasons. However, whilst many companies label Facebook as the number one suspect for loss of productivity, it appears that many businesses are changing their minds on this matter, as new research shows that allowing employees to take regular Facebook breaks actually increases happiness within the workplace.

A study conducted by corporate wellness agency Keas found that employees given access to Facebook were much more likely to lead happier and healthier work lives. Serving as an indirect link to employee satisfaction and wellbeing, people can be positively influenced simply by the happiness of others - so even by viewing such happiness online, it can cause a ripple effect amongst colleagues.

The company also cited an Academy of Management study, where it was discovered that employees granted access to Facebook had a much higher productivity rate than colleagues unable to visit the social networking site. The only drawback is that the study failed to distinguish the difference between Internet and Facebook usage.

"Face it: Employees are going on social networks and browsing the web in the office. In an age when social tools pervade every aspect of our lives, the corporate debate over allowing employees to partake in these activities during work hours is a controversial one," the infographic concludes. "In moderation, these breaks can encourage psychological engagement and perhaps even help increase productivity," stated the infographic.

It's wisely recommended that when undertaking any task, to do it in moderation - even if it is productivity.

Source: ZDNet (opens in new tab)

Mariel Norton is a self-confessed girly geek with a penchant for technology, and previously wrote for ITProPortal, with experience on TheNextWeb, UKFast, WorldRemit, Virgin Media, Google, and more.