Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Social Media Roundtable at #AWE13

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The Alliance for Workplace Excellence held its annual award event today. The morning included a series of roundtable discussion on trends in workplace wellness. Judy Ashley kicked off the day by pointing out some trends in workplace wellness. She shared five essential questions and encouraged us to contemplate them as we considered the ideas we picked up during the roundtable discussions. 
  1. Will it fit your culture?
  2. Will it help develop team building, collaboration and employee inclusion?
  3. Will it favor the well-being of customers and employees?
  4. Does it help connect the dots between organizational goals, performance, and employee engagement?
  5. Can can you see and measure outcomes to determine effectiveness?
The Alliance used a slightly modified version of the "World Cafe" methodology for the meeting and offered round table discussions on:
  • Wellness Programs
  • Sustainable Workplaces
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Corporate Philanthropy
  • Employee Engagement
  • Employee Resource Groups
  • Communication Tools to Promote Wellness Programs
  • Social Media
Each discussion group lasted 20 minutes and participants had the opportunity to participate in three. I facilitated the discussions on social media. I started by asking folks to share their name, employer, where their employer is on the adoption curve and where they see themselves on the adoption curve. 

Some of the things we talked about:

  • Reverse mentoring -- partnering entry level employees that are social media savvy with seasoned executives
  • Employees opting out of using business cards and relying on online services instead. I was curious what services people are using. I've used Vizify, Twtbizcard and have been meaning to try the Card Flick app for my iPhone. I tried Bump and, well, I just felt like an idiot using it. No one in the discussion had a favorite. Please share your experience in the comments below. 
  • Sarah Halzack shared some of the interesting things NPR is doing with employer branding. Sarah covers employment and workplace issues for the Washington Post's Capital Business and wrote this column about NPR earlier this year -- For nonprofit NPR, social media is ‘a great equalizer’ when it comes to hiring.
  • Caroline Wizeman from Near Infinity said they created a tool to gamify social media sharing to encourage employees to share content and build their employer brand. I'm absolutely fascinated by this idea.  
  • I shared this grid we developed for an educational series we created for ASHA staff last year.

It was an interesting morning and I'm grateful to have been part of the discussion. 

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