Almost half (48%) of UK businesses have banned employees from posting updates to social networking sites during office hours within the last year, according to a new survey of 2,500 employers.
According to the research from Lewis Communications and HCL Technologies, 45% said that they were concerned about the effect comments made on social media sites could have on their business reputation.
Vineet Nayar, Chief Executive at HCL Technologies, said:
''It is quite remarkable that in this day and age, many employers are still putting their employees' interests as a low priority by not allowing them to use sites like Facebook.
''While we always advocate responsible use of social networks in the office, banning them outright will impact employees' approach to work in a negative way, having a detrimental effect on the business as a whole.”