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Social networking sites in the workplace: an imperative

Naveenraj Xavier (VIT Business School, VIT University, Chennai, India)
J. Reeves Wesley (VIT Business School, VIT University, Chennai, India)

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 2 May 2017




This paper aims to lay a theoretical foundation favoring the use of social networking sites (SNS) in workplace and its implication on employee stress and well-being. Prescriptive policies are also formulated to control unintended negative consequences.


The authors have used an explorative design. Prescriptive data were drawn from extant literature, simple discussions with employees and employers. Discussions were centered on the consequences of SNS.


In recent years, SNS usage has skyrocketed and use in the workplace has been controversial. Use of SNS enables employees to communicate and connect not only with coworkers but also with family members and friends, and it also helps to minimize the stress and improve the well-being of employees. However, a comprehensive policy that controls negative consequences should be in place.


This paper sensitizes readers on the need for permitting SNS usage within a policy-controlled setting in organizations. It also throws light on social support, stress and well-being.



Xavier, N. and Wesley, J.R. (2017), "Social networking sites in the workplace: an imperative", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 31 No. 3, pp. 4-6.



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