Sunday 18 February 2018

Half of Irish bosses ban social media

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Facebook: workplace ban
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

ALMOST half of Irish bosses are monitoring or restricting the use of social media by their employees at work, a survey has found. And 16pc have admitted they are concerned that sites like Facebook and Twitter are being abused.

The figures emerged in the latest Close Brothers business barometer, a survey that gauges the opinion of SME owners across Ireland and the UK.

It revealed that almost half of the Irish workforce was forbidden from using social networks during business hours, while the rest were sometimes reluctantly permitted to do so.

More than one-quarter of employees were allowed to access social sites.

Harry Parkinson, managing director of Close Brothers Commercial Finance in Ireland, said that social media could be a mixed blessing.

"Used well it can benefit your business enormously; however, if used inappropriately, the consequences can be severe."

The survey, conducted in September, was based on more than 700 SME owners from several industries across the UK and Ireland.

Irish Independent

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