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Tapping Your Social Network At Work

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It's not a comfortable feeling when you have to look over your shoulder at work, but recent surveys reveal that many Gen Y, or 20-something employees, simply don't care if others are watching when it comes to their use of social networking.

Two surveys point to the continued blurring of the boundary between work and leisure and to rising tensions in the workplace between Gen Y, Gen X and baby boomers.

Here are some highlights from the LexisNexis Technology Gap Survey:

  • Two-thirds of boomers say that use of devices including PDAs, mobile phones and other gadgets contribute to a decline in workplace etiquette.
  • Gen Y workers say they spend almost 11 hours a day accessing social networking sites and assorted Web sites, nearly double the level of baby boomers.
  • Gen Y workers multitask at higher levels than Gen X or Baby Boomer workers. But more than half of Gen Y'ers say that BlackBerries and mobile phones encourage "too much" multitasking.

Some findings from Deloitte's social networking and reputation risk survey include:

  • More than half of employees, 53 percent, say that their social networking is none of their employer's business.
  • A majority of executives, 60 percent, say they have a right to know how employees are portraying themselves and their organizations in online social networks.
  • Nearly three-quarters of employees say it's easy to damage a company's reputation using social media.

If you're a boss, what do you do about employees who love to tweet, text and social network throughout the day? It's a question companies are grappling with as the generation gap threatens to create a communications divide. Read our full story here and let us know what you think.

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