The office water cooler provides more than refreshment: it's the hub
of office chit chat about World Cup standings and weekend plans while
simultaneously being the front-line of critical office
information. So what happens
when a work environment is water cooler-less?
Given the value of informal water
cooler communications, remote employees and nomadic workers need
to fill the void. Happily, the explosion of social networking sites allows
for just such a virtual gathering spot. Networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn
allow users to mingle online, building professional networks and exchanging
ideas and information virtually. Social networking can also provide
inspiration, boost morale and mitigate feelings of isolation.
Looking to tap into the virtual water cooler community? It's important
to understand that social networks generally fall into two categories. They are:
Location independent workers should spend time thinking about what
type of network best meets their needs. Perhaps it's a broad network such as
Facebook used in combination with a niche community focused on your profession.
Or you may prefer to stick to one network and concentrate on optimizing
relationships in one place. Remember, building and managing social networks
requires the same nurturing as face-to-face office relationships.
Needs tips on "tweeting" and "friending" a virtual water cooler
network? Check out this collection of articles and resources on how social
Today, more than 300 million users are on social networking sites and
the Wall Street Journal recently declared that Facebook and Twitter have dethroned e-mail as
the king of communication.
So, stop by the
virtual water cooler and check in.
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