Or do you really need the right tool for the job?
As some of you may have guessed, I’m a really big fan of social media. I think it’s the best thing invented since sliced bread. Now for the uninitiated, when I mention social media and in particular Twitter, the initial reaction is either ‘oh no here we go again’ or ‘I can’t see the point in hearing what everyone had for breakfast’. But social media is so versatile. It’s just another conversation tool – just like the telephone.
What’s the betting that when telephones started to be installed in more homes, people just rang each other up to find out what they had done that day. It’s a novelty thing. It’s a ” We just gotta try it out but I can’t think of anything profound so I’ll just say the first thing that comes into my head” sort of thing. In fact, my mum still does that. I’m not going to tell you my age but I think you’ll guess I’m not a kid any more but I still have to telephone ‘home’ every night when I travel anywhere. There’s usually no new amazing news to hear so I just get “have you had your tea? What did you have?”.
But of course we also use the telephone for some of the most important of calls as well as keeping in touch with our loved ones. The same goes for e-mail. I remember when e-mail was first introduced where I worked. There were e-mails being sent all over the building just saying saying “hello, how was your weekend” even when we were just in the next office (or even in the same office). It was a novelty. Then came the policies on how to use e-mail responsibly, how to communicate correctly and all was good with the world.
What I’m seeing now though is e-mail being misused in as much as it is becoming a conversation tool. Yes, I know it IS a conversation tool in a way but we’re seeing it being used for chit-chat again even if that chit-chat is work related. Yet there are many more appropriate tools we can use for this type of conversation within a work environment:
Skype for example. Here people can have real time business conversations either on a one to one basis or group.
If we need to share research, discuss ideas, view and review little videos we’re planning, what about creating a Facebook Group for your team.
We are so blessed nowadays with a variety of different tools that do different things can we really look back at our current practices and say we are working efficiently? Of course, we need time for a bit of research but sometimes, we just have to give it a go.
And that’s just what I’m just about to do now. I’m going to create a team Facebook Group for collaborative working projects and see how it goes. How about you?