Workers pose risks online: Survey

Employers need to raise awareness of Internet use policies
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/05/2009

If 30 per cent of adults are happy to post information online about their employers, as long as they believe it is true, and two-thirds of companies lack a policy for social media usage, it could be a dangerous combination, according to a survey.

The poll of 2,060 adults in the United States found one-fifth of respondents don’t really consider how their postings at sites such as Facebook, MySpace or YouTube can reflect on their employers. And one-third feel employers should not use their posts against them, regardless of the content.

“As the use of social media grows at an unprecedented rate, especially among 30- to 49-year-olds, the likelihood of businesses being affected by employee social media use also increases,” said Kathy Swendsen, president of Travelers Global Technology, a property casualty insurer in New York.