Employees & Social Media Usage

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I just read an interesting article in CRM (Customer Relationship Management) magazine titled “Rave All About It.” While it covers many facets of Social Media & it’s usage there are two items that got my attention.It says, “typically in larger companies the geniuses in either the legal department or the HR departments have a policy that nobody is allowed to even look @ YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or LinkedIn. While I can understand blocking MySpace the others I can’t. What the geniuses don’t know is that they’re only blocking access to the social media sites that they are aware of. There are literally hundreds of social media sites that most of us are clueless of their existence.

Basically these companies don’t trust their employees to do the right thing at work, and also, by regulating the media, it shows that those organizations don’t understnad human communication.

This goes back to the argument that if you don’t trust your employees you shouldn’t have hired them in the first place & conversely do you really want to be working for a company who operates under a cloud of mistrust. Personally I’d much rather work for a company that not only trusts me but values my integrity to do the right thing. Continue reading

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