Guess what: Bosses more likely to use social media to chill at work

London: Bosses are more likely to use socialmedia for private purposes during working hours than theirsubordinates, a new study has found.

The research from the University of Bergen (UiB), Norway,shows that managers are more critical of private use of socialmedia at work. However, middle managers and top executives aremost negative to private social media use at work.

"It is very interesting that top executives, who arenegative to private web-surfing during working hours, are the
ones who surf the most for private purposes when at work,"said Postdoctoral Fellow Cecilie Schou Andreassen at UiB'sDepartment of Psychosocial Science.

She suggests that this can be explained by the fact thattop executives have longer working hours, and that work andleisure are much more integrated than it is for employees.

"It is likely that managers are worried about reductionsin output and financial loss as a result of use of private
social media among their employees," said Andreassen.

About 11,000 Norwegian employees participated in thestudy.

The study also found that younger employees use socialmedia for private purposes more than older employees do.
Men browse the internet more for private purposes thanwomen do during working hours. People with higher educationare the most active social media users, researchers said.

Singles are more active on social media than those inrelationships. Extrovert and nervous people are more active
online, they found.

"Social media probably has a greater social function forsingles than it has for people in relationships," saidAndreassen.

Those with higher education and socioeconomic status arelikely more familiar with computer use, which may explain whythey are more active online than those with lower education.

Their work situation may also provide more opportunitiesto engage in private use of social media at work compared tothose with lower education.

"The finding may also reflect that people with a highsocioeconomic status, are not as afraid to lose their job as
those in low-status jobs," said Andreassen.

The study also showed that people who are outgoing,so-called extrovert personalities, and neurotic people spend
more time online and on social media for personal purposesduring working hours than their counterparts.

People who are organised and punctual, however, spend theleast time online for personal purposes during working hours,researchers said.

PTI

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Updated Date: Dec 21, 2014 09:59:07 IST