What do you think of when you hear the word “corporate?” Tailored suits, boxy skyscrapers, and leather briefcases are a few things that come to mind for most. That conception is often deceiving.
Corporate workplaces can be vibrant and cultured spaces. If you need proof, find photos of the corporate offices for companies like Google, Apple and Microsoft.
And that’s where Instagram comes in. The app gives us a medium to share our company’s core values in a way that’s fun, engaging, and human. Obviously we don’t all have the resources to spend lavishly on our office buildings like the “giants.” We can’t Instagram a slide in our office that goes from the HR break room to Reception. However, we can Instagram the delight on a colleague’s face after he or she acquires new business with a client.
The role of Instagram isn’t to show off, per se, but to share what your company is all about. When we think of it as a “tool,” it’s easy to be too strict with its usage. Go ahead, take that photo of some colleagues at a sporting event. Instagram the great holiday treats a client dropped off for you in the break room. Just please don’t Instagram your lunch.
I often hear conversations held by Gen X’ers or older about how to engage the Millenials. Well, as someone who is right on the edge of their generational borderline, I can say this: They’re more willing to support a company that they feel shares a similar set of values. Whether those values be social, moral or political, Instagram offers a way to share who you are.
A wise man once said, “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”
Technology is constantly changing the way we do business. Bulletin boards and memos are being replaced with social networks and instant messages.
This may be a good time to take a minute and assess what your company is doing to utilize social media to tell your story. It might seem like a daunting task to modify your internal communications methods with all the new technology that is available, especially to those of you who may not be particularly tech savvy. Don’t fear! Technology is your friend.
New social tools can enhance employee engagement, improve internal communication and promote teamwork. Here are a few inexpensive, easy-to-use tools that will help your company increase efficiency and consistency.
Social Networks- Social networks are not just for your customers: they give employees a venue to collaborate and share information instantaneously with large groups of people. Some other useful features include event planning, networking, and promotion.
Podcasts- Podcasts are an effective way to add a personal touch to your internal communications. Some useful applications for using a podcast include instructional messages, information sharing and tutorials. Slides and graphs can also accompany podcasts to improve comprehension.
Video Conferencing- As business goes global, video conferencing has become more widely used. Face to face communication keeps your audience more engaged and can also incorporate any non-verbal messages.
Instant Messaging- Instant messaging is a highly efficient form of communication when collaborating with other employees or co-workers. IM’ing is popular, especially with young team members, and reduces wasted time responding to emails and waiting for responses.