It's hard to believe that up until today there are companies that still have social media blocked off of their network so that employees don't surf their Facebook.
Ok... I see their point...
Facebook is addictive!
But gone 'should' be the days where we don't trust our employees to do their job, and not just get it done but accomplish it with passion and soul. Sadly this still exists today.... specially now that I live in Kuwait ... I see employees who work for money and just that. So sad...That is a whole other blog, let's move on...
A good trusted employee (and that should be a priority when hiring, 'trust') will indeed surf Facebook (I will be first to admit) BUT it's mainly during my down time and for just a quick glance of my newsfeed. My visitation on social media site profits my company far more than my personal life. I only work where I love to work and I tend to talk about it on my social feeds. This helps my company on many different levels: marketing, employee branding, brand recognition, exposure, networking & etc..
So to managers, head of departments, and CEO's... keep reading please :)
1- Improved efficiency and productivity. There is no way anyone can work a full 8 hour day straight. As much as companies would like to see their employees work like robots and be productive and happy throughout the day, it is just not realistic. Studies show that employees energy levels and stamina improve by as much as 25% after taking breaks throughout the day. We live in a digital world now whereby people socialize in different ways. Gone are the days where everyone congregated around the water cooler to discuss what happened on the weekend or the score of the football/hockey game. We go to Facebook or Twitter because that is where everyone is and where we can get instant news and information.
2- Increased Loyalty. Banning social media usage at work sends a message to employees that you don't trust them. If they feel you don't trust them, then they certainly will not trust you as a company. Loyalty today is a word I do not hear often, yet retention is an important thing to a business. To recruit, hire, orient, and train a new employee can cost a company upwards of as much as $3500- this for an entry level position. So with that in mind it is should be in the best interest of your HR department to retain and keep your employees happy and loyal.
3- Improved Employee Satisfaction. Your best fans are your employees. This reason is hard to grasp, but if your employees are happy, efficient, and loyal to your company, then it shows when they talk to your prospects and clients. Your employees are on the front lines, and if they seem disgruntled because you don't trust them enough to allow them the freedom of choice when it comes to their break time, it will come across to your clients. A satisfied employee is worth its weight in gold, embrace it and you will reap the awards ten fold.
4- Attracting the right kind of talent. Generation X and Y individuals are very tech savvy. They have handheld devices, tablets, etc. They use their devices to socialize, to communicate, and to find things. These individuals want to work for a company who is modern, upbeat, and one that accepts the digital and technological world that we now live in. If you want to attract the right type of employee to your company, you have to be willing to allow employees to use social media sites at work. If not, then you risk missing out on recruiting talent.
5- Workplace Harmony. I can usually sense what kind of culture exists at a company within about 30 seconds of being at reception. Peace and balance within a company is crucial. Running a company with an iron fist like the Gestapo and threatening punishment to an employee for using Facebook will not create a harmonious workplace. Where does it end? If you ban social media, do you ban fraternizing at work? No talking, no eye contact, no nothing? The average employee is not going to spend all day on Facebook or Twitter. Studies show that at most, people spend maybe 15-20 minutes a day liking, sharing and commenting on social media. That is equivalent to one break.
' If a workplace has a pleasant environment built on mutual trust, understanding, and fairness, you will have a happier and more productive workforce. If you do not have a social media policy in place for employees, then it is time for you to seriously consider having one that encompasses allowing your employees to use social media at work.' - Mike Morden
it’s a wonderful reminder that worthwhile things in life take time and patience to achieve.
I'm standing at the top of a hill with captains of old traditions and structures. I look ahead and see uneven grounds with mild peaks. I know what I know & I can make do & more with what the landscape ahead needs. But on this high hill that's built with what seems like an ancient structure, the men rule. How do you tell them past this hill comes landscape with a whole new foundation? How do you convince them to invest in the future today? How do you stretch their imaginations beyond its current state and make them believe?
My father is of baby-boomer generation. Man of tradition and hard work. Results are calculated in dollar amounts. I am generation X. My values are about balance all across the organization. I want to see employee satisfaction, I want to stay on top of international trends, I want to see steady profit flow and I want to be innovative. Can you imagine the battles I have to put up with with my baby boomer father?
According to authors Michael Hais and Morley Winograd, "small businesses and the entrepreneurial spirit that Gen Xers embody have become one of the most popular institutions in America. There's been a recent shift in consumer behavior and Gen Xers will join the “idealist generation” in encouraging the celebration of individual effort and business risk-taking. As a result, Xers will spark a renaissance of entrepreneurship in economic life, even as overall confidence in economic institutions declines. Customers, and their needs and wants (including Millennials) will become the North Star for an entire new generation of entrepreneurs"
When I argue these points with my father, he blames the region and it's limitation for not believing in 'my' ideologies and methods in doing business. If I haven't disclosed where we are doing business, it's Kuwait. In the middle east, south of Iraq. He says due to the political problems and the wars going on in Kuwait's surrounding region as well as the foundation of our existing business, my ideologies are nothing but a dream. I say fuck that. I say let's invent a way, a solution to make things work within our current structure.
The war continues. Everyday I fight to instil new ideas and imaginations in these peoples minds, and everyday I get shut down and pulled back. I will not give up. If Steve Job had given up when he first started building what today we know as Apple, your iPhone, iPad, Apple computer wouldn't exists. Can you imagine a world without that? I can't and don't want to. I want even more than what Apple is currently offering.
Let's invent please!
Lead's break boundaries and make a statement!
Let's make the world a better place!
Let's equip people with better tools to do what they do faster, easier and happier!
LETS DO SOMETHING!
On february of 2013, I was diagnosed with Lumbar Scoliosis.
Since the age of 15, I was involved in all kinds of sports. Kickboxing, grappling, combat ... most recently body building and spinning.
Today, I am a couch potato.
After my diagnosis, I gained over 40lbs & was hit with depression, constant fatigue and sleeping problems.... In fact, I am still experiencing all of these and have once again been diagnosed with something new ... Insomnia.
Feel free to shoot me now.
On the flip side, my career is at its highest with multiple projects ranging from North America to Middle East...I am developing innovative strategies to transition traditional business foundations to world class modules.... One that uses the power of mass media (IE social media, mobile, Internet, television...) to attract its consumers and increase sales.
My career demands physical, mental and spiritual strength. I am minus two: my physical and mental state of mind are struggling to stay just above the surface. Everyday is a battle. Battle against pain, aches, nausea ad sleep deprivation. All caused by Insomnia which is caused by my depression which is caused by Lumbar Scoliosis. It's one giant circle. Hallefuckiglujah.
This morning I woke up in tears and couldn't stop crying until around lunch time. My scoliosis was at 27% with two crushed vertebrae's in february of this year. Today it's at 32% with three bulging vertebrae's. By January 2014, I am pretty screwed.
Then something hit me today at 1:38PM as I was driving to my lunch date with my uncle.
I grew up a warrior! Thats right, a fucking warrior like Xena!
I survived through abuse, rape, being bullied, racism & cheating lying bastard ex-boyfriends. I can overcome this... I will beat the feeling of handicap everytime I step out and my friend carries my purse, I will beat the sharp stabbing lower back pain as if someone is yanking out my lower spine, I will overcome the muscle spasms and the burning electrifying sensation that runs through my back all the way up to my scull.
I will beat this bitch.
How? Not sure yet... But am working on a plan...
There comes a point in life where wisdom shows you signs on how to achieve inner peace because of the pain we you have been put through. You can only see these signs when you stop fighting the pain and listen to your heart; uncensored, objectively and with a caring ear.
So stop fighting your emotions & start listening.
It is said that successful people often lack balance in their lives, I can attest to that. BUT I don't think it has anything to do with success, I think it's hard to have balance, PERIOD.
A man who I met online just few weeks ago told me 'Make the right choice, not the childish one. I need a woman in my life, not a child' while I was complaining about my jet-setting and impulsive ways.... Though I agree with him and he has a point, I couldn't feel but be defensive towards his comment.
At 18, I held a scholarship into one the most competitive and toughest programs in Canada's prestige university.
By 19, I had made my first short film, my 1st commercial music video and a team of 35 talented individuals working for me.
At 21, I had my own multimedia company, working international projects.
By 24, my parents were enlightened on the topic of racism when they were forced to accept the choices I was making in my dating life, befriending a man of 'colour' and putting a fight when they threatened to disown me.
By 25, I made headlines world wide for my work in television and was coined as one of the 'top ten up and coming producers' by executives.
Today, I have a wonderful, talented and loyal set of friends who are MY family. I have projects and jobs across the globe... I am also a shopoholic, I have often put myself in thousands and thousands of dollars in debt, I always surpass limits and boundaries, I break laws and procedures... But I am who I am because of it. Will I stop this? No, but I will try to better control my impulses.
We all know the story of Steve Jobs, a cautionary tale, a man who changed the world but at the price of alienating almost everyone around him. Need I say more???
So to the man I am dating now, do you want a multitalented, recognized & hard working child, or a woman who can wash your dishes, and put babies into this world? Take your pick.
Mary, the spoiled brat!
I came across a great article on John Donahoe, CEO of eBay and I have to share some pieces of it here. It was inspiring to read specially since I am in the midst of creating a digital platform for a wholesale and retail company which combines mobile, web and apps.
"It's no longer about local or global, online or offline, small-seller or big-seller. It's about local and global, online and offline, small-seller and big-seller."
I've been saying this for years now. The world is global, if you have an idea and want to succeed, think international, not local. Don't be afraid to dream!
"The mobile device has become the central control system in consumers' lives, and it's blurred the lines between online and offline."
Yes it is expensive to take your business mobile or even online but you have to recognize mobile is the future. Today's generation (like myself) don't bother checking e mails, facebook, eBay, or even check Starbucks menu in real life, we seek our mobile for all that.
"We're less focused on what our competition is doing and staying focused on driving innovative technology and platforms that allow consumers to have great shopping experiences. There will always be new start-ups, new formats, and new ideas, but we're well positioned to be one of the key leaders in this new world of commerce." - Donahoe.
Right on. I always say, no one can do the same thing as me so I don't care who tries to copy me or what my competitors are doing, I know I am focused on always providing the best and the latest. This is all you need to stay ahead.
To read the full article, click here.
My 2 cents,