One in five job seekers say they would turn down a job if it did
not provide access to social media such as Facebook, according to a
paper released by recruitment giant Hays yesterday.
A survey of 870 employers and job candidates for the white
paper, Tomorrow's Workforce, found that half of
candidates already access social media for personal reasons. Of
these, 13.3 per cent said they access it daily, while 36.4 per cent
access it occasionally.
Meanwhile, 44.3 per cent of employers believe that allowing
staff to access social media at work will help retain them. A third
allow while 43.2 per cent allow limited access. But 23.7 per cent
of employers ban social media at work.
Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia, urged
employers to have clear policies in place, with more than half of
the candidates saying they used company devices to access social
media and a quarter saying they did not know how to represent their
"It is important to have a social media policy covering how
social media is used for work-related matters, the use of it for
personal matters at work, and what employees can and cannot say
about your organization," he said.
Fiona Inverarity, an employment partner at Truman Hoyle Lawyers,
said employers should avoid banning social media at work
"because as soon as you can catch someone using it, you are
going to have to discipline them and also everyone is using their
own technology", she said.
She urged employers to established social media policies that
banned staff making derogatory remarks about fellow employees or
the company. She also recommended companies establish whether they
or their employee owned connections on an employee's Linked In
profile and include this in the staff member's employment
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