I’ve built a career around social technologies within the enterprise and how to get employees to adopt them and leverage them to connect and collaborate with other people in their organization. These tools allow people to find other people in the company working on the same types of projects or who have had the same issue and can offer assistance. These tools cross borders and dramatically shrink the globe to allow people to work together like never before. So why am I writing this blog professing to not use these tools.
Well I am not saying totally stop using these tools, what I am saying is stop using them for a moment and get out of you chair, walk down the hall and introduce yourself to someone you have never met before. Have a conversation about what they do and what you do, your interests and previous experience. While many companies have a plethora of tools to combs through your previous work history and skills, nothing beats meeting someone in real life, shaking their hand and having a conversation over a cup of coffee.
I love that companies has so many collaboration tools but they need to also remember to sponsor real in-person networking events so that employees can mingle and meet each other in real life. Maybe the collaboration departments can come up with an “IRL” badge so that people can enter the people they have met at these networking type events. Maybe @badgeville can get on this concept J
Again, don’t totally stop using all these great tools at Accenture like Yammer, Jive, Chatter, Connections, or Circles just stop using them for a moment to get up from your chair, walk down the hall or to another building and introduce yourself to someone new, you’ll be amazing at what you might learn.
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