70% of employers taking disciplinary action against social media misuse at work according to study from Proskauer


Global law firm Proskauer recently released its 2014 global survey, ‘Social Media in the Workplace Around the World’. Key findings of the surveys were that 90% of companies utilise social media for business use, just under half of those companies studied allow their employees to use social media websites for non business use. It was also found that 70% of employers claimed to have taken some form of disciplinary action against staff for misuse of social media. This particular figure saw a sharp increase form the much lower figure of 35% which was recorded back in 2012.

Daniel Ornstein, London-based co-head of Proskauer’s International Labor & Employment Law Group commented “When we published our first survey in 2011, there was a sense of novelty and even mystery about social media usage in the workplace. Harnessing social media for business lacked the sophistication and prominence that it has today. This year, we found a marked increase in the number of businesses that have implemented social media policies and other measures to address the risks arising out of social media misuse by their employees. The shift from novel to normal is now a reality”.

Erika Collins, New York-based co-head of Proskauer’s International Labor & Employment Law Group, also commented “The near ubiquitous use of social media for business has led to a maturing appreciation of workplace risks arising out of its misuse – the more that people use social media for business purposes, the greater the chances that the line between personal use and business use will continue to blur.”