Workplace technology is important to internal collaboration. According to an article by Jessica Miller-Merrel, social media has "changed the way we engage, innovate and collaborate internally as well as externally. Add in the growing millenial workforce who are flexible and technology savvy in direct contrast to their Boomer bosses, and you have one conflicted and crowded workplace."
This infographic from blogging4jobs.com looks at why many companies see the need for internal social media. It also goes through some of the challenges to the adoption of internal social.
Mobile devices are used by most employees to do their work. Indeed, 81% of employees say they use their personal mobile device for work. And 33% of Americans use at least 3 devices for work.
Already, 91% of recruiters use social media. And, among those companies surveyed, 67% say they plan to use internal social technology. And what do they hope that social technology will achieve? Engagement and alignment. At mot importantly, 57% of companies believe that most important objective of social media and internal engagement platforms at work is innovation.
What are the barriers? 46% of company leaders believe that their employees will misuse social media and other workplace technology. "Let's worry about poor employee performance individually and focus on how technology helps us stay connected and collaborate," writes Miller-Merrel.