Cut off social media, lose recruits: AFR

Rachel Nickless writes

One in five job seekers say they would turn down a job if it did not provide access to social media such as Facebook, according to a paper released by recruitment giant Hays yesterday.

A survey of 870 employers and job candidates for the white paper, Tomorrow’s Workforce, found that half of candidates already access social media for personal reasons. Of these, 13.3 per cent said they access it daily, while 36.4 per cent access it occasionally.

Meanwhile, 44.3 per cent of employers believe that allowing staff to access social media at work will help retain them. A third allow their employees access at work, while 43.2 per cent allow limited access. But 23.7 per cent of employers ban social media at work.

Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia, urged employers to have clear policies in place, with more than half of the candidates saying they used company devices to access social media and a quarter saying they did not know how to represent their employer.

Read the rest of the article over on where some recommendations are made for what to consider in policies.