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Employers 'banning social networking sites'

Published: Wednesday, 09 April 2008   Category: Life after graduation

New research has found that almost seven out of ten bosses have banned social network sites from the workplace, which may be of interest to graduates who require a daily fix.

A study by employment law firm Peninsula indicates that an increasing number of bosses feel that sites such as Facebook and MySpace are becoming an unwanted distraction in the office.

Furthermore, 79 per cent of employers have disciplined staff for using social networking sites during company time without authorisation.

Commenting on the findings, Deb Gibbons, head of employee relations at Peninsula, said: "Our research shows that many employers have decided to ban Facebook and other social network sites, some companies have resorted to letting their employees use the internet during their lunch break, but approach this with caution."

She added that such as strategy needs to be "monitored carefully" in order to make sure that staff are not abusing their employer's IT policy.


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