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Employees 'could quit' over social network bans

Published: Thursday, 05 June 2008   Category: Life after graduation

Employers have been warned not to ban social networking sites by a recruitment expert.

Jayne Cullen, Head of Graduate Solutions at advertising firm TMP Worldwide and partners said employers should recognise the importance of sites such as Facebook and MySpace to younger graduates, reports Onrec.com.

She claimed that while her company's research showed 76 per cent of graduates realise such sites are for socialising and are not work-related, it was doubtful they would only access them in their spare time.

She added: "Banning social networking at work could alienate the population of new recruits very quickly.

"After the cost of recruiting them and training them this might not be the wisest move to make."

Ms Cullen's comments echo the claims of Australian law firm Deacons, which reported in April how nearly half of graduates who were regular social network users would refuse a job if such sites were prohibited at work

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