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According to the Social Media in a Project Environment survey, 75% of respondents believe that social media tools can help you manage your projects better.
The 2011 results show that Collaboration Tools are being used by project managers all over the globe to manage projects and lead teams. The use of social media to manage project teams was a hot topic during the past two years. This includes my book, the Virtual Working Summit, and Bas de Baar’s work, including his presentation at the PMI EMEA Congress, Amsterdam. This year, there is a lot of interest in social media tools at work.
Here are some trends:
Comparing the 2011 and 2010 survey results. Many senior managers still don’t see the value of social media tools at work. Many workplaces are now more aware of how important it is to tailor communication channels to the needs of the recipient. To make sure we are easy to communicate with and that they understand what we do, we need to adapt the way we communicate with project members.
Podcasts are not enough for learning
One of the most surprising results for me was the fact that podcasts and videos podcasts are among the least commonly used tools. I used to listen to podcasts about healthcare on my commute to work when I first started in healthcare. They helped me quickly understand the terminology and made me feel less stupid when I was asked questions. There are many podcasts that help you manage projects, including The PDUCast. This affiliate link is for your benefit.
I strongly recommend that you listen to podcasts for professional growth if you don’t already. Find some that you like and get started. You can use them to train your team members if you are a coach or mentor.
Over 40% of people use tools unofficially
The most alarming statistic was 42% who said they were not authorized to use social media tools at their workplace, but they do. This is an increase of 4% over last year.
IT managers and PMO staff need to be aware that employees are using social media tools at work, regardless of whether they have been sanctioned. Software that is not authorized by the company could pose a security risk. It is unlikely to be backed up, and the company may not have visibility of it. This could make it difficult for the company to respond to audits or Data Protection Act subject access request requests. If you are one of the 42%, please contact your IT team! If you aren’t sure if you can, please contact us. I would love to learn more about the reasons for this result.