Facebook, the social networking site, wastes millions of pounds for businesses a day as employees squander their working hours checking profile pages and writing on their friends walls, new research out today claims.
Conducted by Peninsula, the employment law firm, has said that 233 million working hours are spent on Facebook per month and thus costs companies £132 million each day.
Employment law director at Peninsula Mike Huss states that employees should be paid to do work and not to waste time on the internet.
"Continued misuse of the internet by an employee is a situation when disciplining and sacking a worker is acceptable.
"Sites such as Facebook will only get more popular as time goes by and so I anticipate productivity will suffer as a consequence," he adds.
Last month, employers were urged by the Trades Union Congress to resist banning social networking sites such as Facebook. The organisation said companies were within their rights to ban staff from using it but that it was unlikely to be the best cause of action.