Beware of social networking during working hours

September 30, 2009 at 11:59 am Leave a comment

Pay attention to access Facebook, Twitter or MySpace at work. A U.S. survey showed that 54% of CIOs (chief information officers, or CIOs) interviewed said that firms in which they work do not allow employees to visit social networking at work for no reason.

Were interviewed by telephone more than 1,400 CIOs from U.S. companies with 100 or more employees. To them the question was put:
“Which alternative best describes your company’s policy regarding access to social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, during work hours?”

54% of heads said it was completely banned, 19% said that access is allowed only for business, 16% allow for limited personal use, 10% for any use and 1% did not respond.

The company cites a few tips to protect the “professional reputation” in social networks:

– Know the rules of your business what is forbidden and what is allowed

– Protect photos and personal details

– Be professional while using social networking at work – follow the industry news and make connections with colleagues and clients, not with friends and family

– Be positive and do not complain to the boss or co-workers

– Keep your image polished. In social networks, you are building a professional reputation

– Even if your boss is liberal, monitor is not to be distracted.

Social networks can distract employees, but can also be important for business. Professionals should let common sense prevail when using Facebook and similar sites.


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