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Hiring The Internet has extended the resources for employers to use when hiring for qualified employees. Facebook has partnered up with the Department of Labor, the National Association of Colleges and other organizations in attempt to facilitate employment for unemployed Americans (HR Magazine, 2011). This effort is made with the intent of increasing the employment rate in the U.S by building ways of communication with the job seeker and employer. It clearly shows the power of social networking/technology has in assisting in boosting the economy.
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Recent studies show that employers are not only using social network sites such as Facebook and twitter to recruit potential candidates but also to use a resource to screen potential employees, anything from inappropriate comments to photos and previous employer’s. The idea is to use social networking in a way that will help your resume and not tarnish your name. Innovation Companies are using social networking tactics as a form of communication within their company. Nestle attempts to boost innovation by creating peer-to-peer knowledge sharing networks within their company (Blackshaw, 2012). Nestle’s network assists the company in knowledge sharing between peer-to-peer. Social networks within companies such as Lowe’s “connections” is being used for communicating and sharing best practices and ideas between staff and as the main form of communication (besides email) for changes within the company. Employees at Lowe’s have access to this social network everywhere there is internet access. Whether it’s at work, on break, or at home, Lowe’s employees are connected. Employees can blog about anything from concerns within the company to events that are occurring in each store or even personal opinions on just about anything that of course is work related. Lowe’s doesn’t just use this as a communication tool but as a tool to promote ideas that will assist in improving the company. What better changes or ideas than those that come from the bottom of the workforce, employees that are directly attending the customers on a daily basis.
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Productivity Pros and cons exist with social networks in the workplace. Billions of people worldwide with access to the internet are members of a social network, whether it is Facebook, MySpace, twitter, or any other social network. Companies monitor these sites to make sure there isn’t any conflicting information being shared on these sites by employees. Many companies are quick in blocking social networking sites in attempt to keep the workforce focused while at work. Rich Harris wrote an article for Social Business called “Low Productivity: Social Networks or irresponsible employees.” In this article he suggest that it’s not social networks that are a distraction for the employees instead it’s irresponsible employees that allow social networks to distract them and don’t know how to proactively work around it. He states that employees are surrounded by distractions in the workplace on a daily basis besides social network. It’s their ultimate responsibility to stay focused in
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