I’m lucky. I’m part of an organisation where everyone has access to social media.
Anyone can set up a Facebook or Twitter account. Anyone can blog. Without restriction.
One Rule – “If you wouldn’t say it out loud in the cafe area – don’t put it on social media.”
So it’s shocking to read that 50% of the IT Directors in Europe think banning the use of Social Media in the workplace is a good idea. At least according to this survey.
And , according to another survey , by 2015 , 60% of companies will be attempting to monitor employees use of Social Media.
What are we to make of this? And what does it say about the modern employer?
Let’s face it – Social Media can no longer be regarded as something new and dangerous. Pretty much every news bulletin will refer to a comment on Twitter.
So why do some employers still , in 2012 , think it’s something to be frightened of. Let’s ask the audience:
Ignorance, Short-Sightedness. Social Media as a benchmark of a companies transparency.
This actually isn’t about Social Media. It’s not about IT.
It’s about Leadership and Culture.
And it’s about Trust and Empowerment.
- Why would an employer think that the people they employ would prefer to sit all day on Facebook rather than do their jobs? Unless of course the jobs are so rubbish , and the leadership so poor , that this is the preferable option
- Why would an employer think people would use 140 characters to destroy the reputation of their organisation? And if you have people like that – you could , rather than banning things , choose to do something about them
- Why would an employer think anyone , anywhere , would want someone to monitor what they are saying? Like a suspicious spouse checking through your text messages
If you are working to introduce more social media openness in your business – good for you.
But if you are in a relationship where either party does not trust the other – you would surely reconsider your position?
60% of employers will monitor social media usage. 50% will ban it altogether.
Want to have a relationship based on trust?
Find someone else.