Employers are becoming increasingly strict in dealing with social network and web use at work, according to this article in The Guardian .

Over 1700 public sector employees have apparently been disciplined for 'internet abuse' in the past three years, while unions are reporting a greater number of disputes between workers and their bosses.

The paper says 132 public sector workers have been sacked over internet and email usage, with another 41 resigning from their positions.

Many employers have responded to the issue by blocking access to sites like Facebook - a recent survey reported that 70% of UK firms are doing so.

But in many cases, this is shortsighted. While many social network users are just passing time, many others are using these sites to make professional connections and share work-related advice.

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Social network use costs firms over '£130m per day' 

Graham Charlton

Published 12 November, 2007 by Graham Charlton

Graham Charlton is editor in chief at SaleCycle, and former editor at Econsultancy. Follow him on Twitter or connect via Linkedin.

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