Why is it that companies don’t trust their employees?

Why is it that companies don’t trust their employees?

A new study/infographic from Mindflash and Column Five explores the question, ‘Are Companies Allowing Employees to Use Social Media in the Workplace?’ Not quite sure how much I trust the data, especially since they call the study an “informal global study”. Here are some key data points that certainly surprise me and sadden me at the same time:

  • 48.3 percent of companies allow all employees access to social networking sites (This is a good start)
  • 27 percent of companies actively monitor employees’ use of social media while at work (I am not sure how I feel about this. Who is monitoring the monitor?)
  • 26.7 percent of companies offer access to social networking sites for a select group of employees (Many companies are doing pilot programs until they can figure out how to scale)
  • 70 percent of all companies completely ban the use of social networking sites at work (Companies like this lack trust in their employees and still live in the command & control environment)
  • 44 percent of companies do not have social media policies in place (Having a social media policy that protects the organization and empowers employees is imperative)
  • 31 percent of companies had to use disciplinary action against employees misuse of social media (A direct result of not having a governance policy that guides employee behavior or a comprehensive training program)

The following is a portion of the infographic (full one here).

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  • http://www.timedoctor.com/blog/2010/11/18/how-to-successfully-monitor-your-employees-internet-usage Abbey Grains

    nice

  • http://twitter.com/AndThenMedia And Then Media

    Great read, man hours lost due to social media sites is on the rise in the workplace and apart from restricting the available websites, employees can look at, that won’t change.

  • http://twitter.com/AndThenMedia And Then Media

    Great read, man hours lost due to social media sites is on the rise in the workplace and apart from restricting the available websites, employees can look at, that won’t change.

  • http://www.searchandmore.co.uk Jason Walker

    I think that it’s not so much a case of  not trusting what they put on the sites as trusting them not to spend too much time on social media sites. Let’s be honest; it’s addictive.