A Hays white paper has found one in five candidates (19.7%) would turn down jobs if they did not provide reasonable access to social media sites, like Facebook, at work. The paper, Tomorrow’s Workforce, found 44.3% of employers believed allowing employees social media access at work would improve retention levels. It found 33.2% of employers allowed employees to access social media at work; 43.2% allowed limited access; and 23.7% allowed no access. The paper surveyed 874 employers and job candidates and found 56.3% of those who accessed social media at work for personal reasons did not use their own devices, meaning they used company equipment. 25.3% of employees said they did not clearly understand how to represent their organisations on social media. Hays Australia MD Nick Deligiannis said organisations should develop social media policies explaining what employees could and could not say about their workplaces (HRR 501). “If access to social media sites is allowed during working hours, the purpose of access should be made clear, as should the acceptable level of use.” Deligiannis said policies should detail whether social media use was monitored; clearly state company email accounts should not be used to sign up for social media sites used for personal reasons; request work-related complaints be raised with appropriate internal people, rather than made via social media; and explain the consequences of social media misuse.
Source: Thomson Reuters’ HR Report, 17 October 2012.