Further to Paul McKeon’s tweet about the survey, here’s some of their findings:
Deacons’ research provides a snapshot of Internet use in Australian workplaces. The survey found 62 per cent of workers have access to the Internet from work and of these:
- 14 per cent use it at some time to access social networking sites. Usage is significantly higher among younger workers with 32 per cent of 16-24 year olds and 23 per cent of 25-34 year olds reporting frequent or occasional use.
- 20 per cent said their employer blocked access to social networking sites while 57 per cent said their employer allowed it (23 per cent did not know).
- 76 per cent of workers who use the Internet at work could see a benefit to their organisation in allowing access to social networking sites believing it showed:
– trust in employees (68 per cent);
– gave people a break from day to day work and kept them fresh (48 per cent); and
– allowed them to better network with other employees, customers and suppliers (40 per cent).
- Among those who use social networking sites, 91 per cent saw a benefit to their organisation from the activity. In general, younger workers were more likely to see these benefits than their older counterparts.
- 16 per cent overall said an employer’s policy re on-line social networking would influence their decision to join one employer over another. This view was particularly strong among 16 to 24 year olds, with one in four saying it would.
- 91 per cent say that they use the Internet appropriately at work, with only 1 per cent admitting to frequent inappropriate use.
You can read more over on Deacons’ site, including downloading as a pdf the raw data set.