Social Media Use Grows, but Firms Lack Policies

July 14, 2011 ( - Nearly half of all businesses do not have social media and networking policies in place, despite the fact that 76% use social networking for business purposes, according to a survey by Proskauer's International Labor & Employment Group.

Of the businesses that use social networking for business, 70% only started doing so in the last three years. Forty-five percent of respondents still do not have social networking policies.   

The survey also found that 29% of businesses actively block employees’ access to social networking sites. Only 27% monitor employee use of social networking sites.   

Forty-three percent of businesses have dealt with employee misuse of social networks, and nearly a third have taken disciplinary action against employees in relation to misuse of social networks.   

The survey results will be available at