Most small businesses now have a social media policy in place but new research finds that there is a significant difference between what managers expect and what employees actually do.

A study by Digimax has found that 72% of SMEs have an active social media policy in place for their staff. However, only a quarter (28%) of employees say that they are happy with their employer’s stated policy.

The findings show that few employees are sticking to the rules when it comes to social media – although 36% of employers say that they don’t allow personal use of social media during work hours, 74% of workers say that they regularly check their accounts at work.

Digimax reports that, on average, Brits have 7.6 active social media accounts and spend 116 minutes a day looking at them.

Although 18% of those that use social media during business hours say it is work-related, that still leaves 82% that admit that they are using social media purely for their own entertainment.

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