The office water cooler enjoys an iconic reputation in the American
workplace. It's the hub of office chit chat about must-see TV and weekend plans
while simultaneously being the front-line of critical
Given the value of water cooler communications,
remote employees and nomadic workers need to fill the void created by
their alternative work environments. What's needed is a virtual water cooler.
Fortunately, the rise of social networking makes sipping from the virtual water cooler a
real possibility. Social media allows users to build professional networks and
exchange business ideas virtually. Social networking can also provide
inspiration, boost morale and mitigate feelings of isolation.
Many different networks exist, under two broad
Spend time thinking about what type of network best serves your needs.
Perhaps it's a broad network such as Facebook used in combination with a niche
community focused on your profession.
Looking to "tweet" and "friend" a virtual water cooler network? We've
assembled a collection of articles on how social media can help.
Commit yourself to building and managing a social network just as you
would face-to-face office relationships. The Wall
Street Journal recently declared that Facebook and
Twitter have dethroned e-mail as the king of communication.
It's time to stop by that virtual water cooler and check in.
Do you make use of a
virtual water cooler? Share your thoughts here and on the Beyond Folders
Community's Facebook and Twitter pages.
by Bradley Eggers
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