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More than half of US companies ban Facebook at work

19% allow social networking but only for business use

More than half of US companies have banned staff using Facebook and Twitter in the workplace, says Robert Half Technology.

Research by the IT recruitment agency revealed that 19 percent of companies allow social networking use only for business purposes, while 16 percent allow limited personal use.

Only 10 percent of the 1,400 CIOs interviewed said that their companies allow employees full access to social networks during work hours.

"Using social networking sites may divert employees' attention away from more pressing priorities, so it's understandable that some companies limit access," said Dave Willmer, executive director of Robert Half Technology.

"For some professions, however, these sites can be leveraged as effective business tools, which may be why about one in five companies allows their use for work-related purposes."

A study released last summer concluded that social networking use can hurt the bottom line.

Nucleus Research, an IT research company, reported in July that companies that allow social networking, employee productivity drops 1.5 percent. That survey of 237 corporate employees also showed that 77 percent of workers who have a Facebook account use it during work hours.

Nucleus said the survey found that "some" employees use the social networking site as much as two hours a day at work. It did not say how many workers fit into that category, but did note that one in 33 workers surveyed use Facebook only while at work. And of those using Facebook at work, 87 percent said they had no clear business reason for accessing the network.

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