Mashable is reporting that the results of a survey of 1.400 CIOs from companies with 100+ employees (conducted by Robert Half Associates) show that over 50% of companies totally block employees from accessing Facebook, Twitter and MySpace while at work. Of the companies that do not block access, 10% limit the use by employees for business reasons only and the rest have no restrictions. Also, of the companies that allow unfettered social media access, 8% have fired staff for abusing the privilige.
What does this all mean. One can make the broad assumption that adoption of Social Media in the business world is almost 50% but that would be a bit of a stretch because it appears that the specific question about use of social media as a business tool was not asked. I think these numbers will change in time to reflect broader acceptance of social media as a business tool but I doubt it will get beyond 65% because I feel that there are some industries out there that view social media as more of a hinderance than a tool. What do you think?