A survey by ICM has found that 24% of companies give guidance on what can and cannot be posted on social networking websites.
The survey of over 1,000 employees also found that 39% said there was no guidance policy in place.
About a third of those questioned used Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn on a daily basis – contradicting a survey by Fresh Business Thinking out today, in which 83% of the business decision maker respondents said they possessed a LinkedIn account, 79% having a Facebook page and 70% using Twitter.
Jonathan Wyatt, managing director at consultancy Protiviti, which commissioned the survey, said: “We're seeing a growing number of cases where firms have vague or out-of-date social media policies that are unenforceable if inappropriate activity takes place.”
"It's extremely worrying that only a quarter of workers have been provided with any real guidance regarding the use of social media sites.”
Protiviti recommends organisations establish clear policies targeted at issues specific to social networking, including guidelines on sharing photographs from corporate events and blogging.