Study: 54% of companies ban social networks at work

Some month ago, researchers said that allowing social networking (used with moderation) at work could increase productivity. It seems that this study did not impressed managers too much because there was an increasing number of companies that blocked access to social networks.

Robert Half Technology, an IT staffing firm conducted a study revealing that:

  • - 54% of U.S. companies have banned workers? access to social networks like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, etc while on the job;
  • - It seems that 19% allow access to social networking but only for business purpose;
  • - 16% allow limited access for personal use;
  • - 10% allow social networking for any type of personal use

The survey was conducted on more than 1,400 CIOs from companies with 100+ employees based on telephone interviews.

What is important for employees is to know how to find a balance between work and social networks. The employees must understand which the company?s social networking policy is and to avoid connecting with friends and family during working hours. My recommendation is to use social networks only for business purpose and then you will definately get your manager?s appreciation.

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