REPORT: 50 Percent Of SMBs Block Facebook At Work

Do you have access to Facebook at work? If you do, you might be one of the lucky ones. Research by Internet security company, Webroot, found more small to medium-sized businesses are creating Internet policies to prevent workers from going on social media sites during the 9-to-5 slog.

Do you have access to Facebook at work? If you do, you might be one of the lucky ones. Research by Internet security company, Webroot, found more small to medium-sized businesses are creating Internet policies to prevent workers from going on social media sites during the 9-to-5 slog.

The survey of more than 1,000 business from the U.S. and the U.K. found that 81 percent of workers said their company has an employee Internet policy in place.

Fifty percent said employees are not allowed to visit any social networks via a company computer or laptop.

Of those polled, 39 percent have a company policy that prohibits visiting Facebook, 30 percent block Twitter, and 27 percent block video-sharing sites like YouTube.

Perhaps policy makers read this story we wrote a while back about study findings that losing access to Facebook could make workers consider quitting – some companies are allowing for surfing social media sites at specific times such as lunch or after working hours (about 21 percent). Sixteen percent allow departments like marketing to view specific social sites.

These initiatives aren’t just put in place because your boss doesn’t want you viewing those party pictures from your friends’ vacation – the study found one in six of those surveyed said a social networking site or Web 2.0 application was the source of a virus.

Are you allowed to use Facebook at work? Does your company place any restriction on social networking on company computers? Tell us in the comments below.