Recruitment is one such industry that relies heavily on networking, so social networking is not banned in our office, but is used wisely. i.e. Our recruiters prefer to use LinkedIn rather than Facebook, and are chatting about vacancies and industry trends, instead of posting photos of their dog/kids!
However, there are many companies that ban all social media sites including Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube (but don’t worry, even they can still watch our CML TV videos on our website!)
This recent article from Mashable.com discusses the pros of allowing social networking at work, and goes further to study the effects of internet surfing during breaks on employee productivity. http://mashable.com/2012/04/11/facebook-workplace/
Definitely food for thought for those CEOs who subscribe to the notion that “no internet time” is best…