A reader recently wrote: “I’m a baby boomer, and have not yet embraced the use of social media at work or in my personal life. Why should I?”
The HRmeister is glad you asked this question, which is not all that uncommon with a small (and shrinking) subset of baby boomers.
The good news about your question is that you have enough self-awareness to even ask this question. The answer is, yes, you should learn about and use social media. But, since you don’t (yet), don’t despair. Many are discovering more and more applications available for social media in our work, careers, and in simply just keeping in touch with our friends and relatives.
First of all, it ain’t going away! If you’re still in the workforce, dip your toe into the water with LinkedIn.com, a great tool for business professionals to network with new, current, and former colleagues all over the world. You can also join interest groups, recruit applicants, and review companies’ job listings (to name a few). It doesn’t replace face-to-face networking, but it certainly is a terrific complement. If you wish to keep ‘up-to-date’ and demonstrate that you’re ‘relevant’ (and who doesn’t in this challenging economy), it’s essential that you learn about and use social media.
Want to keep in touch with some of your relatives or friends more often than just receiving their annual Christmas card? Then check out Facebook.com. You can start by reaching out and ‘connecting’ with just a couple of friends or relatives. Similar to LinkedIn, Facebook is targeted to your ‘personal’ as opposed to your ‘business’ connections.
Once you’re comfortable with those, consider exploring Twitter. There, you’ll learn to ‘tweet’ with the best of them.
See! It’s not so scary after all, and I ‘ll bet you’ll look back and wonder why you waited so long to take the plunge.
According to Alan Collins’ “The Greatest Free HR Time Management Tool Ever Invented – And 10 Ways to Use It! Success in HR 10.07.12 blog,
“Because if you don’t have it and use it, your time will absolutely get abused by other people.
And you won’t have the time to work on those BIG opportunities that can take your career to the next level.
So, it’s essential. The amazing thing about this tool is that it won’t cost you a dime and you can start using it RIGHT NOW.
What is it?
Very simply, it’s called…
I get it.
Your time is the most valuable commodity you have.
It’s flattering to be the HR go-to person in your organization or in your area of expertise.
But the downside is that you can become so “popular” and “available” that you get buried with low-priority requests, busywork, and administrivia…and neglect doing the HR work that can truly move the business and your career forward.
If you truly find it tough to say NO, here is one secret…
It’s all about HOW you say it.
Not the fact you are saying NO.
The more ways you know HOW to say no, the better manager of your time you will become.”
The HRmeister would have us broaden Alan’s thinking, and expand his advice to any and all people leaders, as well as HR folks.
Alan continues: “You are not paid to say YES if it is taking you away from doing strategically important, high-impact or critical organization priorities.
You have to make trade-offs and take strong positions when it comes to protecting your precious minutes. If you don’t communicate and train people on how to best utilize your time – it will get devoured like free food at a great restaurant.
So, start saying NO more often.
You’ll be surprised when the reception isn’t half as bad as what you thought it to be.
You’ll have more time for yourself.
You’ll have time for those things most important to you.
You’ll be a hell of a lot happier and less stressed.
You’ll get more of the important work accomplished.