Does Your Facebook Profile Look Good for Your Employer?

May 20, 2009 ( - Six in ten executives responding to a Deloitte LLP survey say they believe they have a right to know how employees portray themselves and their companies on online social networks.

Meanwhile, 53% of employees say content posted on their Facebook and Twitter accounts are not a boss’ concern, according to a Triangle Business Journal story. That belief is even more prevalent among younger workers, as 63% of workers ages 18 to 34 say employers have no business looking at their online activity.

However, nearly three-quarters of employees (74%) recognize that using online social networks make it easier to tarnish a company’s reputation, the story said.

Just 17% of executives have formal ways to monitor the possible risks related to social network use. Nearly half (49%) of employees say strict guidelines would not change their behavior online.

More than 2,000 employed adults — half men and half women — were interviewed for the survey, as well as 500 business executives.