Theo Paphitis – Copy Me and Ban Facebook

by on 06/01/2010

Theo Paphitis, the dragon entrepreneur, has come out and said what many are afraid to.

In an article in the Daily Mail entitled “why ALL bosses should copy me and ban Facebook from the workplace” (see here) he gives thoughtful and reasoned arguments why the web encourages staff time-wasting. In a wonderfully colourful turn of phrase, he says that the web “has polluted the air with meaningless babble and egomaniacal drivel”.

Theo is not an Internet hater.  He acknowledges fully the part that it has played in the success of his own companies but argues that “frivolous networking” should be banned in the same way that companies “don’t allow staff to spend all day talking to friends on the phone, reading out clips from celebrity magazines, or passing on gossip”.

In this age, where the norm is to praise the Internet and social networking in particular, this makes for remarkably refreshing reading.  Theo has said what many have thought but not been willing to say.

Every company should carefully consider their stance on the issue and decide whether banning social networking sites would have a positive or negative effect on their staff’s productivity.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Richard Hurford January 6, 2010 at 1:44 pm

I thought afterwards that some might argue Theo’s own site ( might count as egomaniacal drivel!


Dave Clarke January 6, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Perhaps Theo should read the study referred to in Graham Jones’ Article, Cyberloafing is good for you and your business –


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