I came across a great post today, Deanna down at StrivePR was talking about how FaceBook has become part of her working life in her post: FaceBook as a sausage-on-a-stick. I’ll quote part of her post:
Whilst many companies may be blocking it or fawning about its use within their workplace, I am becoming increasingly aware of its networking prowess in negating the need to spend time hovering over a sausage-on-a-stick at lengthy networking buffets.
Now that’s what I’m talking about! Social networks are a pretty effective tool to help you get in touch with people, interact with them and possibly even do business with them. It’s like being in a giant party with everyone you know. You can choose who to speak to, who to avoid, who to block and who to encourage. If your staff are motivated and use the tools you give them to achieve their aims, social networks can play a really important party in keeping in touch with the world. You’ll undoubtedly find people who will abuse this, but they tend to be the same people who will spend ours on the phone with their friends, use their work email to send jokes around and take advantage of the work photocopier. The problem isn’t what facilities they have at their disposal, it’s with their attitude and motivation.