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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Facebook got me fired... Again?! Debunking 3 #SoMe #HR Myths

Social Media & Employment... How's it still 'All the Rage?' Because we're not addressing it, people.
In the last few weeks, I’ve read a number of news articles and blogs talking about “how [someone] was fired for Facebook.”  I’m not going to lie, it’s somewhat surprising that this is actually news to anyone.  Social Media?  Is not new… but, I guess the continual growth of end-users makes it new for someone and many companies, are still grappling with how to deal with it.  Care to take a guess at how many companies globally do not have a social media policy in place for their workforce?  No?  It’s actually a shocking 85%.  That’s shocking when you link that stat to these:
  • 22% of Fortune 500 companies have an active, public-facing blog
  • Over 30% of businesses globally utilize social media in their marketing
  • Approximately 45% of companies actually use social media to help screen hires
  • Approximately 57.5% of the population with internet access (approx. 1 out of every 13 people on the planet) have a social media profile
  • 93% of B2B Marketers are engaged in some form of social media marketing
  • As of April 2011, there are more social networking site accounts than there are people on the planet (over 10 Billion).

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