Survey Sees British Companies Cracking Down on Employee Social Networking

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12th May 2011 16:39 - Media and PR

The survey conducted by Lewis PR in partnership with HCL Technologies of over 2,000 employees has shown that 48% of British businesses have cracked down on the use of social networking sites over the past twelve months.

In total, 63% of those surveyed had been deterred from accessing networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, with 45% of respondents suggesting that their bosses ‘feared business reputation was at stake'.

Vineet Nayar, CEO of HCL, commented: "It is quite remarkable that in this day and age, many employers are still putting their employees' interests as a low priority by not allowing them to use sites like Facebook, While we always advocate responsible use of social networks in the office, banning them outright will impact employees' approach to work in a negative way, having a detrimental effect on the business as a whole.”

With more and more people accessing social networking sites via mobile devices, the ban is proving hard to enforce and some feel that it is a short sighted move for companies to ban such sites.

Mr Nayar concluded: "Forward looking companies should be aiming to encourage social media activity amongst their employees rather than stifling it."

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