Employees who fritter time away on Facebook, Twitter and other social media Web sites are costing British businesses billions, new research suggests.
British employment website MyJobGroup.co.uk said it polled 1,000 British workers and found that nearly six percent, or 2 million, of Britain`s 34 million-strong workforce spent over an hour per day on social media while at work, amounting to more than one eighth of their entire working day.
MyJobGroup.co.uk said that work time lost on Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks could potentially be costing Britain up to 14 billion pounds ($22.16 billion).
The research showed more than half of British workers (55 percent) confessed to accessing social media profiles at work, with many spending so much time friending, tweeting, adding photos and video, as well as updating their profiles, that companies` productivity was suffering as a result.
BDST: 1355 HRS, 9 August 2010