Social Media in the Workplace: New Statistics

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Results from the Proskauer International Labor & Employment Group Survey were released last month, and describe a global picture of how social networking is being employed  — and not — in the workplace.

The findings illuminate the risks and need for companies to intelligently address those risks.

While 76% of the companies used social networks, such as LinkedIn and Facebook, for business purposes, stunningly, more than 40% of the respondents have reported employee misuse of social networks, and nearly a third have had to impose disciplinary actions on employees.  Easy to understand, then, why 29% of companies are actively blocking employee usage of social networking in the workplace and 75% completely or somewhat restrict access to social networks at work for non-business use, and less than a third felt that there was any advantage at all to allowing employees access to social networks for non-business use while at work.

Daniel Ornstein, a London-based Partner in the International Labor & Employment Group, stated. “Although [social networking] has many benefits, hardly a week goes by without yet another new story of a viral tweet or posting that has the potential to damage the reputation of a business, underscoring the need for companies to be proactive in this area.”

Are businesses being proactive, though?  Apparently not.  45% of the responding businesses admitted they did not have a social media policy and only 27% monitor employee usage of social media sites.


About Mary Fletcher Jones

Mary Fletcher Jones is a mom, teacher, and blogger. She is also the creator of "Living Well With Autism," an online resource for caregivers of children, teens, and adults with autism and related special needs.

Posted on August 30, 2011, in Social Media in the Workplace and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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