We have to get involved in Web 2.0! Hurry, we have to start planning for our rollout strategy for Web 3.0, whatever the hell that is. Or maybe we have to stop and think about things a bit.
Social networks are fun, conferring with our peers can be enlightening and informative. However a major question in the minds of those we are trying to convince of this is how do we prevent this from becoming a huge time sink for our employees? No one really wants to talk about this, but it is a problem. All employees are not equal. Oh, under the law and all that, they are, but in reality, they are not. Every employee is different and requires different levels and types of supervision. This is the standard set piece you get from most supervisors whenever you bring up telework.
Take a playground monitor with unruly kids. Kids are all different. Some you have to bark at to get them to behave. Some you cajole, some you coddle. The wrong strategy for the wrong child can be disastrous. In a way, it’s the same with employees. Some require tight supervision to enable them to produce their best work, some not so much. Others would work best if they only saw you once a year to get rated. Some are very needy and require constant atta-boys, others couldn’t care less about praise.
And so it is with attractive time sinks. Some will handle this tool well and gain from its use. Others will lose themselves in it. Now this is why God made supervisors. If everyone just sat at their desks and worked like automatons, we wouldn’t need them. But adding a new and delicious time sink like social networking to an all ready established working environment is going to be a matter of concern to the supervisory staff and we, the cheerleaders of this brave new world, have to address this to win them over.