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Time to police social media as workplace risk?

Posted On: Sep. 18, 2019 12:19 PM CST

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Twenty-nine percent of employees surveyed agree their companies should regulate political expression on social media and 27% think their company should have a political expression policy, according to results released Wednesday by Clutch.

Clutch, a firm offering business-to-business data and consulting, surveyed 500 full-time workers on their thoughts regarding the intersection of social media and employment, and whether their company ought to have a say in what is said off the job and on the internet.

Younger workers under 35 want the hands-off approach: 45% of them oppose company efforts to regulate social media use at work, indicating that they view personal social media as completely separate from the office, according to the survey results.

Meanwhile, the survey found that 36% of employees ages 18-34 think it's important to work for a company that aligns with its political views while just 20% of employees 35 and older share this opinion, according to the survey.

Three factors influence why younger employees oppose companies regulating political expression on social media: they want to work at a company with like-minded political views; they value separation between work and personal life; and they are more likely to use social media, according to the results.