Companies Tightening Social Networking Policies

April 23, 2010 ( - Many companies are tightening their grip on how employees use social networking sites at work, according to a survey developed by Robert Half Technology.

Thirty-eight percent of chief information officers (CIOs) interviewed have implemented stricter social networking policies — more than twice the number (17%) who say they have relaxed the rules. A larger percentage (23%) of technology executives are reining in personal use of social media than are placing limits on social media use for business (15%), according to a press release.   

Robert Half Technology said a previous study found that more than half (55%) of companies have social networking policies that ban the use of social networking altogether.  

“The challenge for companies is balancing the benefits of social media in the workplace with the risks,” said Dave Willmer, executive director of Robert Half Technology, in the press release. “Firms are evaluating how to help employees use social networks to keep pace with developments in their industries, stay connected with business contacts and promote their organizations without sacrificing information security or employee productivity.”  

The survey results are based on telephone interviews with more than 1,400 CIOs from companies across the United States with 100 or more employees.