A survey has found that almost 19.7 percent would reject a job offer if they did not have reasonable access to social media sites such as Facebook.
Almost 870 employers and employees from recruitment company Hay were part of the survey
Hays NSW regional manager Shane Little said the survey suggested that many employees, particularly Generation Y, expected access to social media at work for personal use.
"What we are seeing (is) this more projected feeling among employers and the younger workforce that it is going to become a bigger matter as time progresses, as far as attraction of staff and also the retention of staff," he said.
About half of those surveyed already accessed social media at work, with 13.3 percent accessing it daily and 36.4 percent checking occasionally.
Employers' expectations also seemed in line with their staff over social media access.
Almost half (44.3 percent) believed that allowing employees access to social media at work will improve retention levels, and a third already gave their staff access to it.
Only 23.7 percent of employers allowed no access to social media sites.
According to the report, Little said this could mean implementing social media policies about when access was allowed, such as before work or during lunch breaks, or using technology to block access at certain times.
He said many employers that allowed unlimited access to social media sites often had large IT systems that could monitor employees' usage in case it hindered productivity.
Regardless of the type of access allowed, Little recommended clearly explaining how the company expected social media to be used during work hours and how to deal with any misuse.