Social Networkers See Their Current Job as Temporary; Have More Ethics Issues at Work

Employers better have a good look at the social networking trends of the people they are hiring, because those who are super active on the social networks are likely to be largely different from those who do not see them as lifelines. And it is not exactly good different.

If you are not aware, according to 2011 National Business Ethics Survey, a study by the nonprofit Ethics Resource Center (ERC), active social networkers are those who spend more than 30 percent of the workday participating on social networking sites. And for one thing, these people are much more likely to view their current jobs as temporary.

72 percent of active social networkers polled said they plan to change employers within the next five years. Only 39 percent of non-active social networkers had similar plans.

Also, 46 percent of active social networkers said they thought it was acceptable to take a copy of work software home and use it on their personal computer, while just seven percent of non-active social networkers said the same.

These people apparently do not mind bringing in their work into their networks. 42 percent of active social networkers said they felt it was acceptable to blog or tweet negatively about their company or their coworkers, while just six percent of non-active social networkers saw such behavior as OK. 56 percent said they would post good things about what their coworkers did as well.

More importantly, active social networkers were much more likely than other workers to witness ethical violations while on the job, and were also more likely to have received negative retaliation for reporting such transgressions.

According to the report, employees are expressing a blurring of the lines between personal and professional relationships, and that could pose new risks to companies, regardless of their employer’s policy on social networking on the job.

Similarly, as employees become more active on social networks, the more they express a tolerant view of questionable behaviors that could pose business risks.

Well, social networks are not going away. That means one thing; employers will have to find a new way to deal with the ethical issues of social networkers.employer policy