Employers Are Increasingly Worried About Social Media and Workplace Technology

By Staff Report

Sep. 20, 2012

What policy will cause employers to lose the most sleep in the coming year? According to a recent survey conducted by BLR, social media will be the most formidable challenge for businesses in 2013.

The complete answers to the question of which policy presents the biggest challenge to employers:

• social media: 47.1%
• cell phone use and distracted driving: 21.6%
• attendance and punctuality: 17.4%
• computer and Internet: 15.9%
• FMLA: 15.9%

Perhaps what’s more interesting, however, is that if you look at these issues more broadly, they fall into two main categories: technology and attendance. Amazingly, technology trumps attendance by more than 2.5 to 1 margin. You may not be convinced that workplace technology (which includes social media and mobile devices) is not the key issue currently facing employers. This survey, however, says otherwise.

Written by Jon Hyman, a partner in the Labor & Employment group of Kohrman Jackson & Krantz. For more information, contact Jon at (216) 736-7226 or

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