No Facebook for you! At least, not at work

No Facebook for you! At least, not at work

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Out of the 1,400 companies surveyed by Robert Half Technology, only 10 percent let their employees use social media sites however they want. Fifty-four percent say no way, no how. Some social media analysts say the interaction on these sites can be pretty distracting.

Codella Marketing CEO Pete Codella says, "People are interacting and talking with old friends from high school or college or wherever."

Officials at Robert Half say, "Using social networking sites may divert employees' attention away from more pressing priorities." Codella says that is a possibility.

**Company policy on social networking sites**- Prohibited completely 54% - Permitted for business purposes only 19% - Permitted for limited personal use 16% - Permitted for any type of personal use 10% - Don't know/no answer 1%

Source: Robert Half Technology

"They may not be focused on, ‘Am I doing business research?'" he says.

But Codella says there are thousands of ways people can waste time online, not just through social sites. He says many companies even thought e-mail would be a work distraction when it first came out.

"I think, with every new technology, we see a hesitance on behalf of employers to embrace it," he says.

Codella says some social media sites actually work well for business.

"LinkedIn, for instance, I believe is better for business than Facebook," he says.

He also says he believes more social media tools will be created that will eventually catch on in the business world.


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