Using social media at work — the great dilemma

social06_SY_13488.jpgFacebook and Twitter have millions of users worldwide, but a lot of corporate executives are worried the social media invasion could be bad for business, according to a survey released today.

Fifty-one percent of the chief financial officers who responded to the Accountemps survey said their greatest concern is that employees are wasting time at work. And 18 percent are worried employees are behaving unprofessionally.

On the other hand, when asked what they see as the greatest benefit of social media, 28 percent said “provide better customer service” and 22 percent said “enhance company’s reputation.”

Companies that are worried about use of social media at the office should establish guidelines to let workers know what is expected, Accountemps Chairman Max Messmer said in a press release. Accountemps is a temporary staffing firm.

In my opinion, CFOs worried about employees “wasting time” should get over it and find a way to make social media bring inj new business.

Read the full survey results here.

Photo: Saul Young/Knoxville News Sentinel