The Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the Health Care Compliance Association conducted a survey among compliance and ethics professionals in late August 2009 to see what employers are doing about the use of these sites by their employees.
They got back almost 800 responses from their members using an online survey tool.
- 50% of respondents reported that their company does not have a policy for employee online activity outside of the workplace
- Of those companies that do have a policy, 34% include it in a general policy on online usage
- Of those companies that do have a policy, just 10% specifically address the use of social network sites
“While the data indicates that many organizations have had to discipline employees for improper activity online, the fears may outweigh the actual risks. A survey asking about discipline regarding improper email usage would likely yield much higher numbers.”