I have taken it upon myself backhome to task a 13 year old with an assignment.

This young man is a vivid lover of FIFA games and all the distraction that comes with it.

And because of that, I have handed him a copy of  “English Companion” to help him tell me three Proverbs he has learnt every day vis-a-vis playing FIFA games.

Gone are the days of utilising your school vacation to shoot birds, today we have a different bird, it’s name?  Twitter. It’s here that we shoot our words in 140 characters, forget your mangoes.

But that has come with a cost, hasn’t it?

Today’s generation is more image driven than picture driven, and we like to talk about them, the distracted.

But what about  us the employees? How has new media kept us from our responsibilities? Of-course I am asking your boss, not you .

How much time do you spend on Facebook on  a typical workday?  fine, you can answer that.

But here’s the big one for businesses, what safeguards have you established to ensure productivity in your business?

That smart gentleman you gave an assignment this morning could actually be busy direct messaging his e-girlfriend on Twitter or Facebook.

Question again is, how then shall you look out for your staff to guard against the new technology bug?

A couple of takeaway  tips

  1. Ensure your staff members always have  something going on. Ensure weekly plans, reports – indeed an idle mind can be a devil’s workshop .
  2. Your staff still need time out on social media, so grant it, lunchtime and after office hours are good recommends. Productivity may increase when your staff has lots going on and there is liiibeertty  (yes spelling intended) for them to escape into Zuckerberg’s world; once in a while of-course.

The way you balance these two extremes may as well determine whether technology will be an a enhancer or a curse in your company.

By | 2013-10-23T13:52:25+00:00 January 24th, 2013|social media, Technology|10 Comments

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