Is your workplace one of many to restrict any use of social media website? 

You are not alone! A recent US survey of 1,400 CIOs of companies with 100 or more employees, showed 54% now completely block social networking sites Facebook, Twitter and Myspace. This interesting survey by Robert Half Technology, prides an interesting insight into employers perception of social networking. "Using social networking sites may divert employees' attention away from more pressing priorities, so it's understandable that some companies limit access," said Dave Willmer, executive director of Robert Half Technology.



"For some professions, however, these sites can be leveraged as effective business tools, which may be why about one in five companies allows their use for work-related purposes." Sometimes Facebook bans may be a good idea. 

Australian workplaces are in a similar position, according to 3 mobile's INQ poll 55% of Aussie workers said their employers banned social networking websites such as Facebook, MySpace and Bebo in the workplace. Are Employers getting it right? Should they have a more holistic view of the social networking benefits? Only time will tell.