Dear Company, My Parents Trust Me and So Should You

Winding down from my presentation at The Conference Board’s Social Media for Human Resources seminar, there is one important takeaway that resonates with me: the importance of employee engagement and trust. Engagement is employees’ connection to their work, organization, leaders, managers, clients or customers, performance, and results. On the more human side, it’s also the degree to which employees are willing to go the extra mile,  display loyalty to their company before, after and during core business hours; and display satisfaction with their work and workplace. “Organizations need engaged employees at all levels (leaders, managers, staff) to achieve results significant for the organization” (Business Exchange: Employee Engagement).

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Building an Employee-Enriched Culture With Social Media (Dana LaSalvia)

The growing passion for social technologies to drive engagement and productivity becomes more evident as I discover more and more articles on the topic. And there’s nothing more gratifying than finding articles that have been inspired by my own or have been republished either in part or in their entirety on other blog sites. Imagine my delight when I came across this article written by Dana LaSalvia, Director of Marketing at Rymax Marketing (@Rymax_Marketing), on how social media can be to create enriching workplace experiences for employees. I’m doubly humbled by the fact that The Social Workplace was referenced. Kudos to you, Dana, on such a wonderful piece and keep up the excellent though leadership. It’s a pleasure to make your article available here.

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Knowledge Management: Creating a Social Intranet Where Your Employees can Learn

This is Part II in the “Learn, Plan and Do” series  that explores the use of social technologies to take your intranet to the next level, to create a social intranet. But hopefully you will find that it goes even further.. to not only create a social intranet, but to also introduce your employees to an integrated social experience.

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Use This Social Media Message Map to Jump Start Your Approach

Found this social media map from Aon Hewitt’s Inside. Great visual to generate ideas and vision for creating your own social media approach.

example from our recent social media workshop
Not sure how to jump start your social media approach?

Download [Aon Hewitt’s] social media map to identify the best opportunities. As a really good example of how to take the social media map and use it for your needs, see the example to the right which is from their recent social media workshop.

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Join Aon’s LinkedIn group to share your map and ideas.

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Elements of an Effective Social Media Policy

I recently came across this article and thought I would repost it here. It provides unbelievable depth and expert advice on how to structure an effective social media policy, making it an excellent resource for individuals creating a social media policy within your own organization. Need a Social Networking Policy Now
by Steve Bruce via HR Daily Advisor

Creating a policy about blogging and social networking offers a chance to minimize the risks for employers, says attorney Thomas Deer. It makes employees aware of their employers’ position on the use of social media, and it provides a reference point if it is necessary to take adverse action against someone for their online activity.

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Laugh at Work — It Feels Good and Makes You More Productive

Note from The Social Workplace: Below is a combination of excerpts from HR Communicator and And by the way… our personal source of daily laughter is to read posts from You should check it out (although it’s not intended for the faint of heart!).

A good laugh increases productivity, teamwork, employee retention, and job satisfaction, writes Karen McConnaughey in Today is April Fools’ Day and the start of Celebrate National Laugh at Work Week. Need some suggestions to keep the positive humor coming? McConnaughey offers 19 tips for getting a good laugh. You can read the comics or incorporate a fun ritual into your daily routine. Laughter is good for your health and that’s no joke. — Maggie Glynn, HR Communicator

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