Slide show available online

I have put the slides from last night’s presentation online at SlideShare, they can be viewed via, only issue is you miss out on my fantastic commentary.

A couple of points

  • The cartoons are all Hugh Macleod’s of gapingvoid fame
  • To review the buzz words you need to view the CommonCraft Show videos
  • To learn about Web 2.0 you should read ClueTrain
  • Finally look through the links at the end as 90% of the content is found there, and you don’t need my commentary

Employees and Web 2.0

One of the topics I covered during last night’s presentation was how to build safeguards within your organisation so that employees for who were interacting in this brave new web 2.0 world. (Converts of Web 2.0 you might think I have lost it so before you all stand up and walk out hear me out first.) There were basically 3 topics I covered:

  1. Ban everything while inside the firewall
  2. Build a policy
  3. Educate

Banning everything is just no possible or practical. While you might stop access from inside the firewall, hence remove the “lost productivity” or security risk but employees will still be able to use the tools from home. This means that accidental publishing of content that is confidential or inappropriate might still happen, and you will probably piss them off as well.

Building a policy is great as it informs HR, and management about the issues but policies typically don’t change people’s behavior. Therefore you still run the risk of inappropriate content ending up in the Google cache.

Educating your employees is the key. This way you make sure employees, managers and HR understand the ground rules and what can happen if they “stuff up”. Some of ideas I laid out where (all from a great Corante post in 2004):-

1. Stop and think.
2. Use your loaf.
3. You can disclaim, but you can’t hide.
4. Keep it real.
5. Respect the channels

Above all empower and trust your employees.  This really should be the way you manage everything in the “new world”, ok it should be the way you manage all the time. 🙂

Web 2.0 and HR

Over the last few weeks I have been preparing a presentation on Web 2.0 and Social Networks to give to a group of HR professionals. The topics I plan to cover are:-

  • Provide a quick overview of what this all is
  • How they help employees use them for good not evil
  • How Enterprises can use the tools, aka Enterprise 2.0
  • How HR can help in the implementations

The presentation uses the idea of FUSE (Find, Use, Share, Expand) where I have pulled together ideas and thoughts from many other people into a single presentation, with attribution. There is also heavily (maybe not healthy) dose of gapingvoid cartoons.

One final thought, during the process I actually realized how big these topics really are and how easy it would be for someone to get very confused.