Of the 308 companies interviewed by Forrester Consulting, 58.4% said that they prohibit “playing” on social networks such as Facebook and MSpace. The common sense reason is that if they are social networking, they aren’t working.
The counter argument is that by allowing a specified amount of time to be used for social networking or whatever other “toys” are available, the overall team spirit and job satisfaction will increase.
What most companies are not taking into account is a concept that would make some people angry, make some people rebel, and even make some people quit. Still, I think it would work in many situations. What if you allowed X amount of time per week for “Facebooking” in exchange for