Two major vendors exhibiting at the 15th annual HR Technology® Conference in Chicago have released new studies that take a close look at some important trends. SilkRoad Technology’s “Social Media and Workplace 2012 Report” pokes a hole in the widespread misimpression that employers are demanding that workers share their social-networking passwords with them: 97 percent of the 1,200 employees surveyed said they hadn’t been asked by their company for their passwords. Guess someone better tell the governors of Maryland and Illinois. The survey also found that employees are checking their mobile devices frequently throughout the workday, with more than 60 percent saying they check their personal social media more than once a day on their mobile devices. And which sites are they checking? Twitter is the most popular social media site accessed at work, at 70 percent, closely followed by Facebook at 65 percent. Only 19 percent use corporate intranets.
ADP’s Research Institute, meanwhile, has come out with a report detailing what’s on the minds of leaders at mid-sized businesses in the U.S. Although 52 percent of respondents believe the economy has improved during the last four years, only 15 percent are extremely or very confident that it will continue improving over the next 12 months. There also appears to be a bit of false confidence at play, with 81 percent of executives and business owners expressing confidence that their organizations are compliant with payroll tax laws and regulations, yet a full third (33 percent) report having incurred fines, penalties and/or lawsuits related to non-compliance.
Finally, 48 percent of respondents are concerned about the quality and skills of the available workforce, yet less than half (49 percent) say they’re confident that they have the tools to find and keep the best talent.