1. Yes! I really agree with you. I used to use all those tools in my office under stealth, with my direct manager telling me to close them all when others were around, but so many of my ideas came from my use of them! I think they can be very beneficial and agree that they can highlight existing problems rather than cause them. Nicely said.

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  3. I’ve been saying the exact same thing for some time now. Like you, I’m old enough to remember the same arguments over telephones, email and mobile phones.

    My firm belief is that time wasters will waste time regardless of what resources you give them. If they don’t have a phone, email or internet access, they’ll wander around the office scratching their arse talking to people, or reading the paper, or outside smoking.

    Perhaps if more employers focused on appreciating the work that their staff do put in, and not treating their employees like naughty school children that must be monitored, they would find that production goes up even further.

  4. Craig Thomler

    Very clearly stated Kate and reflexs comments I have made to managers and colleagues – technology-based control is an extremely blunt weapon for managing human behaviour.

    Much better to use education (training), performance management and build respect between people than to rely on technology to control workplaces – or homes for that matter.

  5. Maricel Abraham

    I thoroughly concur, Kate. Networking gives most people, not just workers, the buzz that motivates us to do more, seek more, learn more, share more, etc. Ensuring access to social networking sites allow open communication, which is what we encourage everyone to do. Managers must learn to trust their employees and use a more positive way of reinforcing productivity at work.

  6. KerrieAnne

    oh Kate – I’m not 20ish nor 30ish etc… but a babyboomer and I like Twitter, Facebook, Sharepoint wikis, RSS, LinkedIn etc etc .. I’ve been doing web pages since 1996 when I taught myself html and wysiwyg based on what I learnt in ComSci 101 before I headed off into politics etc and now I do wikis on Sharepoint and like to blog .. when I ask who does rss at work I get blank stares … let alone even asking if anyone is doing blogs and wikis … then when I showed how I embedded some html feed to get content from an external site onto a sharepoint site … oh that was unheard of .. and the IT geek muttered about putting external internet content onto the Sharepoint site and not all users having internet access and inferring I shouldn’t have done it … I’m into enabling possibilities … when I do lectures to final year engineering students on human factors I give a quote .. “if you put fences around people .. you get sheep”

    the Web 2.0 tools keep me in the loop in this difficult financial times and so I train my babyboomer team based on material I got from LinkedIn & put into Sharepoint to keep our 3rd party certifications

    we have to keep pushing the boundaries in a friendly fashion and show the rest how easy and worthwhile it is to use these tools …

  7. I have frequently made the point that, if we’re gong to ask young (and old-ish people like myself) to work odd hours and unpaid overtime, at least let’s have quid pro quo and let them keep up a bit of a social life in the workplace.

    Besides, we’re always telling people to build their network of professional contacts – would you then stop them going where the people are?

    And I’ve been lecturing in business technologies at QUT. Students are amazing – they *look* like they’re not paying attention (facebooking, IMing, emailing) and yet we ask them to do a reflective blog entry – clearly they’re absorbing something while I’m blathering for three hours.

    Thanks: Micheal Axelsen

  8. throroughly engaging article and couldnt agree more with the points raised. Technology has to be embraced not locked in the (old school) filing cabinet.

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