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Almost a quarter of employees are still not allowed access to social media at work

Some employers still do not see the value of allowing staff to access social media

An informal poll conducted by HootSuite has revealed that almost a quarter of employees are still not allowed to access social media at work.

Asking its five million followers, "Are you allowed to use social media at work? Hootsuite found that the majority of its followers were able to access social media with social media managers, marketers and PRs explaining how integral social is to their jobs.

Police officers, lawyers and various other industries also revealed that they were now encouraged to use social media as part of their role.

However, a number of respondents said they were not allowed access to social media at all, or were only allowed to use it for specific reasons such as 'recruiting purposes' or on corporate accounts.

Those who were denied access to social also said many employers had blocked social media sites, picking and choosing which networks to allow staff access to. One respondent could use Twitter, but not Facebook; and another said their employer had blocked Facebook and YouTube but allowed access to other networks, and another replied that only Google+ and HootSuite were unblocked in their office.

Discussing the results of the poll on its blog HootSuite commented: "While less than a quarter might not seem like a lot of "no's", remember this was a Twitter poll. For all we know, many potential respondents were working and unable to access their accounts."

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Gillian West

Gillian West is The Drum’s social media manager and works to ensure The Drum’s content reaches followers across platforms including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram in an engaging, relevant and timely manner. Based in Glasgow, she has been actively involved in building The Drum’s Creative Works brand for over three years now and has interviewed major creative figures including Rankin, Peter Souter, Rosie Arnold, Bob Greenberg and Vicki Maguire. During her time at The Drum she has attended events such as Cannes Lions, the Edinburgh International TV Festival, Art Director’s Club Europe, D&AD and more.

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