Proper Facebook Etiquette

#2079 using Facebook to have happier employee’s

Sunday 28th July, 2013

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Dear Mariann,

I am the executive lead of our Human Resource team. We wonder about using Facebook to have happier employee’s – could this be the case?

From Susan Pointing, Executive Lead –  who has led.

To head off any suggestion that our social networks might be directly linked to the rumours of ‘happier employee’s’, some – mostly tenuous and marketing-based reports – find that more than two-thirds of us suck on the sap of social media when at work, but have never been rewarded or recognised for such professional networking efforts.

Surely this our poking could also contribute to an efficient workspace?…

“Let me make it crystal clear”, my own powers that be have informed me, “that although we cherish those networkers in the workplace, who devote all their time to communicating and working with others, that in no way means we regard Facebook as worthwhile.” The message; as natural networker’s we are ‘free’ to use the same resources acquired from social media to commit to work-based projects, but generally this is unacceptable during professional hours.

How refreshing then Susan that you should clang(!) loudly the bell of change. Does this mean that everyone should be given actual rewards and recognition for ‘wasting’ time on Facebook whilst at work? Actually, I think that perhaps they should. IF this activity is providing added value; and provided employees don’t take the p***, trawling ‘I heart kitten’ images say, or dropping private messages to their ex, or tagging selfies ‘from the office’, then this kind of ‘strategic’ exposure could be as welcome as any six-course networking dinner. Also less expensive and without the danger of a fork stuck to your sleeve.

I recommend that employee’s are given actual rewards and recognition for Facebook Excellence.

We don’t need to go over-the-top, but actual rewards and recognition at a time when social media and digital social networks are judged entirely by the quality of their connections, then employees can regard themselves as fully rewarded and recognised by one simple criterion: their continued commitment to be on Facebook at work.

It’s win, win – surely?

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