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Number crunch: social media in the workplace

We all use social media, but how are employees using in the office? A new infographic from XpertHR sheds some light on the secret world of social in the workplace.

Here are some of the highlights.


It seems the bigger the company, the bigger the reliance on social when it comes to recruitment.

86 per cent of large companies rely on social for recruitment, followed by 55 per cent of medium companies and 48 per cent of small companies.


Just over half of all companies polled (51 per cent) do not monitor employees social media activity at work. Conversely 40 per cent monitor social activity on company-provided computers and 14 per cent monitor activity on company-provided handheld devices.

A small percentage of companies take snooping a little further, with 2 per cent monitoring use on personal devices and 4 per cent listening in on employees when they're not at work.


Most businesses remain fairly liberal in allowing social media use in the workplace, provided it benefits business. 67 per cent permit social for business use and 30 per cent allow social for non-business use. 17 per cent of companies do not allow any social. 

On average, employees are interrupted every 10.5 minutes by Facebook messages or tweets, and it takes 23 minutes to get back on task.

Danger zone

51 per cent of companies have experienced misuse of employer-provided computers when using social media, while 42 per cent have seen negative social media comments about the company or the employee. 11 per cent have reported discrimination, harassment or bullying on social media. 

These problems might have been avoided by proper training and processes. Only 51 per cent of small businesses have a social media policy and just 53 per cent of large companies provide training on social media use and misuse.

To find out more visit xperthr.com.

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