This past year has been a whirlwind for social media, from the Jive and Facebook IPO , to the acquisition of Yammer by Microsoft and Involver by Oracle . It’s safe to say that corporations have quickly shifted from viewing social media as “nice to have” to “have to have”. With social media quickly growing into a major cornerstone of companies overall strategy, it’s important to not get in too deep, too quickly.
Today’s workplace is in the midst of a massive shift. The recent advancements in business technology allowing remote teams to work together, and the ever increasing telecommuting effect makes this an exciting time to live and work in. Despite all these changes, one challenge has always plagued managers: how can I create a positive, effective teamwork?
Like most companies these days, Mindjet uses a variety of collaboration tools to get things done. In an effort to better understand the inner workings of those processes, I sat down with the users themselves – real Mindjet employees — and asked for feedback. Here are three truths that our round table yielded:
Between growing workplace diversity ( see this month’s e-book ), geographical dispersion, and organization changes getting individuals to collaborate is no small feat. Research shows that employees view collaboration as an essential element to accomplish their daily work.
Back when it seemed like every business was drinking Facebook’s Kool-Aid, I heard a really compelling argument for modeling collaboration software after Mark Zuckerberg’s baby: it essentially eliminated the learning curve.
When we think about leaders, their behavior and how that behavior influences the world around them is oftentimes on the forefront. And it is for this reason that, when it comes to business, executive presence in both the internal and external social realm is increasingly critical to socially-enabled enterprise success.
Here at the end of our generational journey, we’ve absolutely zero big bang systemic solutions to offer. But fear not!
There’s a lot of talk about how to get the most out of teams today. Do you define strict roles for each team member?
Many CEOs forbid use of social media at work, but recent research shows that web surfing leads to increased productivity. This Keas infographic explores the benefits of social media in the workplace, showing that social connections make people happier and a brief recess involving Internet-browsing increases productivity. An Academy of Management experiment gave three groups of people — a control group bundling sticks, a group taking an Internet-free break and a group browsing the Internet for 10 minutes — the simple task of highlighting as many letter A's as they could among 2,000 words of text. The three groups then had their mental exhaustion measured. Those browsing the Internet were 16% more productive than the Internet-free break group and 39% more productive than the control group. SEE ALSO: 37 Productivity Tips for Working From Anywhere
Guidance - facilitation, ideation, etc
Often, we're hesitant to identify a problem out of fear we can't solve it. Knowing that we have to live with something that we're unable to alter gives us a good reason to avoid verbalizing it--highlighting it just makes it worse. While this sort of denial might be okay for individuals (emphasis on might ), it's a lousy approach for organizations of any size.
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You’ve finally got that invite to tryout Do.com, or maybe you’ve recently signed up for Asana, or shelled out some cash for Basecamp, now that you have gotten your hands on some of this awesome social task management software you’re probably wondering how to get the most out of it. If this is you, and let’s faces it we’ve all been here at point at one time or another, then you’re in luck. Today, I’d like to offer up several social project management best practices that I’ve learned while using Mindjet’s Cohuman task management software.
Mae Karwowski runs social media strategy and oversees community management at Gilt City , a subsidiary of the Gilt Groupe. She also consults for several startups. Social networks are flooded with potential customers. Therefore, today's companies need to foster a socially engaged culture within company walls. A business becomes more inherently social by going beyond the corporate Twitter account and Facebook Page.
With the landscape of healthcare changing, IT departments are finding themselves as busy as ever. And with the stress of mandates and new technologies also come the risk of staff burnout, dissatisfaction, and even the loss of human resources. “Everything that’s happening right now inside the healthcare arena -- it’s a tough area, not only inside of the payer and provider environment, but also in the service organizations,” said Guillermo Moreno, vice president of Experis Healthcare. “The pace of this is really, really intense, and everyone’s running at 1,000 miles an hour to get things done.
collaboration & team productivity