I’ve been hearing more and more about the benefits of social business networks. The difference between a business social network and a regular social network is that these are open only to those within an organization and selected partners and individuals. The goal is for employees to connect with each other collaboratively, regardless of where they live and work.
Among the things you can do:
- Post messages to any or all of your co-workers
- Create public and private groups
- Upload and share files, and
- Track information that is owned by you or by others
Corporate users of social business networks like Yammer, Chatter and Jive claim measurable gains from these tools. A few notable examples of how social business networks are making organizations more productive:
- FlexJob’s CEO, Sara Sutton, says they’ve significantly reduced company email
- PerkStreet Financial finds their network helps streamline project management
- Deloitte finds the network boosts employee recognition and engagement, and
- Centerstance’s Managing Partner, Greg Lueck, says Chatter helps them find experts faster
You can learn more about how government is using social business networks through DigitalGov University’s on-demand training video Yammer: The Power of Social Networking Inside Government Agencies. We’ll be offering sessions on similar tools as part of our FY13 training schedule.
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Does your agency use internal social business networks? Share your insights on the benefits and lessons you’ve learned.