Seven Reasons Why You Should Let Employees Use Social Media at Work


In almost any discussion about productivity in the workplace, the question about allowing or blocking social media invariably arises. It happened in a recent webinar I was running about employee engagement, when somebody asked a question along these lines: “How do you keep employees focused o...

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Five Myths of Leading a Distributed Team


Telecommuting and distributed teams are growing fast. If you’re a leader or manager, it’s likely that you are – or will be – leading a distributed team. That means some or all of your team members aren’t in the office all the time. So what’s different about leading distributed teams? Li...

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Use Online Collaboration Tools to Build Synergy in Distributed Teams


There are many anecdotes about breakthroughs occurring through conversations around a water cooler, chance encounters in a hallway, and healthy banter at the office canteen. These informal moments help spark conversations and could lead to interesting ideas. At a company like Google, this is valued...

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Are You Ready for a More Fluid Workforce?


The workplace has changed: in space, in time, and even in the people who do the work. For most of the past 200 years, the workplace of the office worker has been … well, an office. It still is. It was the only practical option: That’s where teams could meet, that’s where the files were sto...

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