A survey by security company Sophos reveals that many UK companies are still banning the use of social networking sites in the workplace. About 43% of employees were prevented from using popular sites such as Facebook. Read more: UK employers continuing to ban social websites.
However, many businesses are also using social networks (and other Web 2.0 sites) to pick the right staff. In a survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), a mammoth 85% of employers said that they believed candidates should be careful about how they present themselves on social networking sites (such as the words they post and their choice of pictures - one amusing account of a graduate's recognition of this can be read on the blog Job Hunt). Read more: Online agencies and Web 2.0 helping firms source talent.