Social Media: Companies shape policies on social sites

A new survey by Robert Half Technology in Menlo Park said that employees who want to share news via social networking sites will need to be careful about violating company policies.

More than half of chief information officers interviewed said workers are not allowed to go on social networking sites at all while at work. More than 1,400 CIOs were interviewed for the study.

Dave Willmer, executive director of Robert Half Technology, said, “Using social networking sites may divert employees’ attention away from more pressing priorities, so it’s understandable that some companies may limit access.”

The responses showed that 10 percent can use social networks on company time for any kind of use, 16 percent can for limited personal use and 19 percent are allowed on sites for business purposes only.

“For some professions,” said Mr. Willmer, “these sites can be leveraged as effective business tools, which may be why one in five companies allow their use for work-related purposes.”

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