Employers have been sweating over poor worker productivity because they access social networks, and play appointment gaming hosted by Web sites.

Some are games to play on Facebook. Suffice to say, Facebook’s privacy issues have created havoc. Google the term, Facebook privacy issues, and you’ll see more than 2 billion search results.

All of this exacerbates another issue: The increasing security danger for employers. (See a $1 million lesson for bosses in this article: 5 Safety Measures to Thwart Mounting Social-Network Attacks.)

Yes, increasingly employees are playing appointment or asynchronous games. Encarta defines asynchronous as “relating to or using an electronic communication method that sends data in one direction, one character at a time.”

Ouch. It doesn’t sound productive does it?

Well, it isn’t. It allows your workers to play games with their friends even when they’re not even online.

The games include Farmville, Happy Aquarium,  and Restaurant City. The developers include Crowdstar, Playfish, Slashkey and Zynga.

Employees lose a double-digit percentage of their productivity because of such games, according to published reports.

This isn’t surprising news to employers who have already found it necessary to make social networks off-limits to employees.

A Reuters’ published report quoted Rebecca Wetterman at Nucleus Research, www.nucleusresearch.com, who said nearly 50 percent of white collar workers use social networks at work.

The report also attributed a claim by Facebook that one in five of its members play the social networking games during office hours.

If you have to meet a payroll, this is an ominous development. Facebook has more than 1 billion members.

From the Coach’s Corner, related information with solutions:

Web Security Checklist and Warning about Mobile Banking — Here is an online security checklist and a stern warning about using mobile online services at your bank or credit union.

How to Enhance Security in Your Company’s Wireless Network — Do you take it for granted that your wireless network is secure? Don’t make that assumption. Wireless routers present dangers. Your router is vulnerable to hackers and, hence, security issues. If you’re really serious about security, WIFI might not be for you. A wired network might be more desirable. 

BYOD, Mobile-Banking Warnings about Security Prove Prophetic — Not to be gauche, but in 2009 you saw the Internet security warning here first – mobile banking is so risky an IT security guru said don’t do it. The warning was prophetic.

Tips For Internet Security to Prepare you for New Cyber Attacks — Do you need more evidence to be diligent in using best practices for security on the Internet? According to a Web security study in 2013, Internet attacks have been impacting businesses, with the majority of them reporting significant effects in the form of increased help desk time, reduced employee productivity and disruption of business activities.

Security Precautions to Take Following Citibank’s Second Reported Online Breach — Citibank’s admission that private information of 360,083 North American Citigroup credit card accounts was stolen by hackers in 2011, which affected 210,000 customers, serves as a warning for all businesses and consumers to take precautionary steps.

“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.” 

-Bill Gates


Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.