Thought this was a cool article talking about some of the benefits of social networking sites like Facebook or Barista Exchange. I realize that most of our "bosses" on this site, are also members. :)
"Companies should not dismiss staff who use social networking sites such as Facebook and Bebo at work as merely time-wasters, a Demos study suggests.
Attempts to control employees' use of such software could damage firms in the long run by limiting the way staff communicate, the think tank said.
Social networking can encourage employees to build relationships with colleagues across a firm, it added.
However, businesses are warned to be strict with those who abuse access.
Firms are increasingly using networking software to share documents and collaborate in ideas, the research found.
And while more work-specific systems, such as LinkedIn or bespoke in-house software tended to be used for work matters, the likes of Facebook, Bebo and MySpace still had a place, said Peter Bradwell, a Demos researcher and the report's author. "
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