What Facebook’s More Than 1 Billion Active Users Mean for the Workplace

By Jon Hyman

Apr. 25, 2014

This week, Facebook announced that it has more than a billion mobile users per month. From The Verge:

The company reported 1.28 billion monthly active users and over 1 billion monthly active mobile users. This time last year Facebook had 1.1 billion active monthly users and 751 million monthly mobile users, an increase of 34 percent. It was the first time it had over 1 billion mobile users in a single month.

This number should be a wake-up call for any business that is ignoring the impact of mobile technologies on your workplace. Do you ban Facebook and other personal Internet use at work? You better believe employees are taking out their iPhones and doing it anyway. Do you support BYOD? You better, because your employees will clamor for it. We live in a mobile world. Your business’s workforce relations needs to adjust.

Jon Hyman is a partner in the Employment & Labor practice at Wickens Herzer Panza. Contact Hyman at


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