Magazine article Talent Development

Social Media Use at Work

Magazine article Talent Development

Social Media Use at Work

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Social media has become an inextricable part of life for many adults, giving people an opportunity to forge professional connections, see what family and friends are up to, and follow the news. According to a Pew Research Center study, those who use social media on the job aren't always doing it for professional reasons.

The report found that 34 percent of workers use social media at work to take a break from their responsibilities. That number represents the highest single percentage. It is followed by connecting with friends and family at work, which made up 27 percent. At 24 percent, making or supporting professional connections was the highest percentage that had to do with a worker's professional development. Next, at 20 percent, was getting information that could help solve work problems.

Social media usage at work is higher for companies that don't have a workplace policy on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and similar networks, according to the report. …

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