With all the talk about using social media for training, some organizations are not quite ready to jump on the Facebook bandwagon. More than half (51 percent) of chief information officer (CIO) respondents said they permit employees to use social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook on the job as long as it’s for business purposes, according to a Robert Half Technology survey of more than 1,400 CIOs from companies across the U.S. with 100 or more employees. This is up from 19 percent in 2009. But while firms may be more open to the business applications of social media, more than one out of three (31 percent) organizations still prohibit it completely at the office.
CIOs were asked, “Which of the following most closely describes your company’s policy on visiting social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, while at work?” Their responses:
Permitted for business purposes only
Permitted for limited personal use
Permitted for any type of personal use
Don’t know/no answer
Robert Half Technology offers four tips for using social media sites in the workplace: