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Majority of UK workers want to ban social media from workplace

The majority of UK workers think that social media should be banned from the office, because it's a distraction that can also pose a threat to their own or their employer's reputation.

The survey by Scredible found that 57 per cent of men and 51 per cent of women wanted social media banned from the workplace.

Too much 'useless content' and spam on social media led many to believe it was of little value in the workplace, while others worried about what bosses (22 per cent), friends and family (15 per cent) would think of their social media profile.

Business potential not recognised

Most respondents (68 per cent) thought social media was most useful for keeping in touch with friends and overlooked its potential for business, the report said.

This could threaten the UK's leading position in the digital and creative industries, according to the researchers, who pointed to a gulf in perceptions about social media between UK workers and their US counterparts.

Some 54 per cent of Americans said that social media would be very important for their careers in 5 years' time, compared with 39 per cent of Britons.

Colin Lucas-Mudd, CEO at Scredible, said, 'Many UK workers share concerns over how hard it is to find good content, the time required to sift through spam, and worries their employers' perception of using social media.'

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