The survey revealed that 74% of organisations had policies in place addressing the use of social media in the workplace. However in 66% of organisations, these policies were not supported by any known awareness or training initiatives that addressed how social media should be used.
“Interestingly, many respondents told us that their existing company policy was a complete ban on the use of social media in the workplace. This is unrealistic, and in fact, these organisations are turning a blind-eye to the real issue. The survey demonstrates that employee use of social media is high, whether organisations like it or not, and it is essential that guidance and best practice is communicated to staff, so that they know how to avert issues and limit the organisations exposure to risk. Recent media coverage focusing on inappropriate use of social media has highlighted how quickly issues can get out of hand and cause embarrassment for both individuals and companies.” Said Iain McLeod, Iain McLeod, Head of Compliance at SAI Global EMEA.
In addition, the survey found that a large majority of respondents (85%) thought it would be useful to be given awareness training that covers the issues surrounding social media use in the workplace. “Employees appear to be receptive and willing to learn about social media issues. Organisations need to take this opportunity to inform employees and ensure that they engage with social media in appropriate ways. Social media can provide significant benefits for businesses in terms of networking and promotion, and this should not be overlooked.”
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