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Business Consulting For The 21st Century Via A Holistic & Intelligent Approach

Are you a manager or a police officer?

Question => “Are Yammer and Rypple seen as management tools to keep eyes on employees?” on Quora.

=> My answer…

Yes, obviously the perception could drift in that direction. However, I’m just not so sure it’s wise to blame the tool for what is a traditional leadership/management/staff issue. The tool isn’t the problem.  The perception of the tool is a symptom.

That being said, what are employees doing that makes them paranoid?

People are going to socialize. It’s our nature. Like it or not, there is always going to be inappropriate behavior. HR should make it clear that policies apply to the company’s internal online network as well.

Should management “monitor performance” and try to increase productivity? Of course, that’s their job. Are there good ways and bad ways to approach that? Yes there are. No matter how you cut it, anyone who expects not to be asked to improve should be shown the door.  At the risk of sounding cold, slackers and dead weight are not an option.

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