8 Ways to Stay Safe When Using Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]
(Source: The Website Marketing Group.)
(Source: The Website Marketing Group.)
IBM today announced that pretty much everything you thought you knew about Millennials could well be wrong. A new IBM study reveals much of the hype about Millennial employees simply isn’t true. They aren’t the “lazy, entitled, selfish and shallow” workers that many believe them to be.
The results of the global, multigenerational study “Myths, Exaggerations and Uncomfortable Truths” found that the fundamental distinction between Millennials and older employees is their digital proficiency, which comes from growing up immersed in a digital world. But, for things like career goals, employee engagement, preferred leadership styles and recognition, the study shows that Millennials share many of the same attitudes as Gen X and Baby Boomer employees.
By 2020, Millennials will be approximately 50 percent of the U.S. workforce (1). So within the next five years, Millennials will wield increasing influence over organizations’ decisions, move in to leadership roles and basically take over the workforce.
Today’s business leaders need to begin planning for this shift by creating a workplace environment that will maximize the Millennial generation’s unique strengths. To do so, they first need to separate fact from fiction on what Millennial employees are really all about.
Myth 1: Millennials’ career goals and expectations are different from their elders (i.e. unrealistic).
Myth 2: Millennials need endless praise and think everyone should get a trophy.
Myth 3: Millennials are digital addicts with no boundaries between work and play
Myth 4: Millennials can’t make a decision without crowdsourcing.
Myth 5: Millennials are more likely to jump ship if a job doesn’t fulfill their passions.
“How do you find a job that, on your deathbed, you won’t regret having devoted your professional life to? This short film created by The School of Life offers a handy guide to figuring out what work is right for you. Based on the ideas of philosopher and author Roman Krznaric, the video walks you through six main guiding principles for determining what career will be deeply meaningful:
Accept that being confused about your career choices is normal. Confusion and fear are natural.
Know yourself. For 99% of us, knowing what we want to do doesn’t arise spontaneously.
Think a lot. It could take a year or more of sustained daily reflection to sort out exactly what professional path to pursue.
Try something. Take small, non-irrevocable steps to gather more information. Investigate through side projects.
Reflect on what makes people unhappy. Business is about solving other people’s problems. Work is a chance to serve.
Be confident. The difference between success and failure is the courage to give it a go.”
As tough as it may seem to deal with trolls, there is a way to do it with grace. Just keep your cool. Use humor, facts and kindness in responding to trolls, and you’ll make your community a safe and fun place for everyone.
Trolls are people too, and respect is the best policy online. Keep that in mind when interacting with people on the web, and you’ll find it’s a piece of cake to tame the trolls.”
“How to Keep Your Community Troll-Free
When it comes to dealing with trolls, knowledge of your online space is key. Here are tips on how to protect your online community.
1. Be an active member of your community. Closely monitor the conversations of your followers and fans on your social media channels. That way you can step in if trolling or bullying becomes a problem. Read all of your comments so you know the context and can respond appropriately.
2. Set boundaries. If you have a troll problem or want to make sure you don’t run into one, set guidelines for your community to manage expectations.Post online etiquette in a visible place on your social channels or share a link to a blog post on the subject.
Guidelines should be reasonable (for example: no abusive language, no harmful remarks, no bullying), but not too harsh. Also, let your community know what will happen to people who cross the line. Will you delete their comments? Ban the user? The goal isn’t to completely obliterate all negative comments, it’s to make the community a safe place for your fans.
3. Always be nice. Treat all your fans, followers and trolls kindly. Behind every troll lies a real, breathing person who has feelings. In most cases trolls are looking for a reaction. Just keep your cool when the going gets tough.
The worst way to deal with a troll, hater or even just a disgruntled customer is to be impatient, sarcastic or combative. Just “don’t feed the trolls,” and you’ll be fine.”
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