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Infographic: Millennials are Spending Lots of Time with User Generated Content

What do you think? Does this surprise you?

How should you be communicating to your employees — GenY and otherwise?

Making the HR Connection,


Its Not News Its a Distraction – Video Resignation Goes Viral

With all the talk about the government shut down I thought it was TOTALLY time for a “distraction” — and I found a great one!

Check this out!

Writer Marina Shifrin sure knows how to quit a job in style — and her video went viral.  (PS one of my fav Kanye songs)

And in a fun and appropriate response, Marina’s former employer announce that they are hiring (and with Marina well).

Thanks Mashable!

Got any great videos to share as part of a “distraction” — or any resignation stories?



Social Media Oversharing #makingthehrconnection

I read this recently article from Time.Com, Social Media: Sex, Alcohol and Oversharing and on this Friday morning, as we look forward to the weekend, I wonder how many of us are “oversharing.” Hopefully those of you who are job seekers understand the line between what is appropriate for social media and what is not. People ARE looking — when I’m hiring, I’m not sure that I’m necessarily looking at people’s facebook account — although I’m for sure looking at people’s LinkedIn. But… just because I’m not looking doesn’t mean that others on the interview panel or other co-workers aren’t. Same is true anyone really — be mindful of what you share, who you tag (“where you tag” if you’re using locations), and who you share it with.

On a personal note re: oversharing — IF I know YOU as a real person outside of social media — then I really don’t mind. Likely its something that you would have told me in person anyways – and I’m probably already used to the “TMI” affect — we’re friends and we’ve already established that relationship. I know a person who gave a very detailed account of the birth of her child (DETAILED!) — but she doesn’t do it very often and it was in the spirit of information sharing for other expecting mothers or those who were thinking about it. I think of it as a way of connecting with others and trying to share a common experience.. and to show a sign of trust.

Ask yourself: Is your online persona an accurate reflection of you from the POV of a close friend? a total stranger? What does your social media profile SAY about YOU? Friends AND strangers DO make a judgement call about who you are once they look at your social media outlets — once it out there, its out there.

What do you think of Social Media Oversharing? TMI or just people being authentic?

Making the HR connection, yours, the girl in HR (TGIF!)

There it is. On your Facebook feed: a picture of a tall, clear glass full of what looks like a red smoothie. “That looks good,” you think. And then you read the caption: “Mommy’s First Placenta Shake. It tastes like heaven. I put lots of pineapple, orange and mango sorbet. Yummmm!”

Congratulations: you’re a victim of an extreme social-media overshare. Maybe your annoying neighbor told everyone about his appendectomy. Or perhaps you sister posted too much about her attempt to conceive Baby No. 3. Either way, you’re surrounded by people who blab their business online — and it’s happening more and more

via Social Media: Sex, Alcohol and Oversharing |

#shrm13 Book Preview: A Necessary Evil: Managing Employee Activity on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …

I got a chance to take a closer look at a great new book specifically geared towards HR professional and social media.  A Necessary Evil: Managing Employee Activity on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn … and the Hundreds of Other Social Media Sites by Aliah D. Wright (@1shrmscribe)

In her book, Aliah takes you through the what, how, and (most importantly) the why of social media in the workplace. Chapters include topics such as:

  • Reconsidering Your Expectations, or All Work and No Play Makes Jack and Jill Dull Employees
  • Why Social Media Engagement is Important, or Why Facebook and Twitter, and LinkedIn Are Not Evil
  • Productivity: Your Perception Might Not Fit Reality
  • Selling Social Media to Your CEO

Aliah partnered and interviewed many of the thought leaders and early adopters of HR social media in order to share their stories, experiences, their lessons learned, and what they are seeing in the workplace throughout the book.

On one thing that really surprised Aliah.. .the idea that some people have, “that they can post or say things on the internet in a vacuum and that ONLY their friends will see it.” Its out there, so we need to know how to deal with it, on a personal AND professional level — as Mike Haberman says, “Its social media, not personal media,”  you’re never entirely sure who is friends with who, who plays bunco with who, whose kid your kid plays little league with — with a click of the button, you can share with your “network” or what networks that is linked to — both in terms of people (friends) and systems (social media platforms).

Another thing that Aliah has learned about people’s social behaviors. Social media can provide an outlet of “I can say this online – but not to your face.” If people are doing it in their personal time its possible that you can deal with it in the work place as well — but don’t let the bad seeds ruin it for everyone — find out the facts, do some research, and understand the phenomenon. I’d recommend, starting with a book like this. I hope to have a full book review up sometime in the coming weeks.

Check out the book via the SHRM bookstore or (book or Kindle available July 1, 20013) — or if you’re at the #shrm13 conference swing on by the onsite conference bookstore!

Happy Reading! Making the HR Connection, yours, The Girl in HR

Under pressure, Facebook targets sexist hate speech –

Under mounting pressure from activists and advertisers, Facebook is ramping up efforts to stamp out hate speech, particularly depictions of violence against women.

The move, announced Tuesday, came after a weeklong campaign by women’s groups targeting pages that celebrated or made light of rape, domestic violence and sexual degradation of women.

“In recent days, it has become clear that our systems to identify and remove hate speech have failed to work as effectively as we would like, particularly around issues of gender-based hate,” Marne Levine, a Facebook vice president in charge of public policy, wrote in a post on the site.

“In some cases, content is not being removed as quickly as we want. In other cases, content that should be removed has not been or has been evaluated using outdated criteria. We have been working over the past several months to improve our systems to respond to reports of violations, but the guidelines used by these systems have failed to capture all the content that violates our standards. We need to do better — and we will.”

via Under pressure, Facebook targets sexist hate speech –

7 social media lessons from the Grammys for organizers of other events | SreeTips – CNET News

Here are six things the Grammys did right on social this year — plus one they didn’t — and what folks who run other events, especially conferences, can learn from the awards show:

1. Be semi-obnoxious: The Grammys did what I say to anyone trying to promote their use of social media: be semi-obnoxious, telling people what your hashtags and handles are, and what platforms you are on. You can’t be shy about it. You need to, more than once, tell them how and where to follow you. For a conference, be sure to print the hashtags and handles on the official program and even the invitation, if possible.

2. Tell your audience what they will get for following you on social media: On at least four occasions, host LL Cool J @llcoolj was on camera talking up the night’s official hashtag — #grammys — and reminding viewers to tweet to the official handle. He also told the audience that he and @TheGrammys were posting behind-the-scenes photos and other exclusive content on Twitter.

3. Let people know you are listening: Just as importantly, he appeared to read select tweets on the air, giving the impression that he — or at least some on the Grammys social media team — was browsing the tweets. Letting it be known that there’s someone reading tweets is a great way to trigger more tweets. At a conference, the emcee or moderator can read out selected tweets.

4. Spell it out: Before going to some of the commercial breaks, there were promos for social media channels, as you can see from this Tout video of the broadcast, urging people to look at as well as, and a conference you can remind the audience, from the podium, what the handles and hashtags are and, during breaks, run a tweet wall on the main screen. You can use VisibleTweets or Tweetbeam to run tweets, but best to do it only during breaks so that the audience isn’t distracted as the tweets rush by behind the speakers.

5. Be active on social media during your event: The various Grammy platforms were active throughout the broadcast. At a conference, it’s important to have active official accounts to direct, guide, and enhance the conversation, so you aren’t just relying on attendee participation.The official Grammys account tweets about the Bob Marley tribute by Sting, Bruno Mars and some of the Marley children.A promo poster for The Grammys featuring Rihanna.

6. Think about social media long before the event: The Grammys were promoting the ceremony on various platforms and not waiting for the last minute. Even the playful “#The World is Listening” campaign of posters featuring Rihanna, Linkin Park, Taylor Swift, and others hinted at the social aspects of the show. Thankfully, the producers didn’t actually use what would have been the world’s worst hashtag. For a conference, think about adding the handles and hashtag to the invitations, reminder e-mails, etc.

7. Use social media to help the viewer keep up: On every awards show, it’s hard to keep straight who’s on stage. Between the introducers of the performers to the performers to the winners, it’s easy to lose track of who you are watching at any moment. And even if you know who is on stage, trying to tweet about him or her often means having to look up the person’s Twitter handle. This is the one area where future Grammys shows could use some improvement. While the Grammys tweeted about who was on stage, the on-air titles could easily have shown some of the relevant handles, thus helping viewers stay on top of things — especially for people like me who don’t keep up with popular music.At conferences, make sure the slides announcing a panel or keynote have the relevant handles on them. Or have the moderator or emcee mention ways in which attendees can connect with the speakers, and do it multiple times. Another idea: Every nametag should have printed on it the conference’s hashtag and the attendee’s Twitter handle, if available.

via 7 social media lessons from the Grammys for organizers of other events | SreeTips – CNET News.

Its Not News, Its a Distraction — or is it Engagement?

Are your employees or friends jumping on the “Harlem Shake” craze — let ’em AND join in!

Take a look at these  folks — its fun, a great way of team bonding, AND its a great way to be ENGAGED! That’s right — I threw out the “E” word!

Making the HR connection (and having some fun!), yours,  thegirlinhr