Social Media in the Workplace

by Claudia St. John, SPHR

It's time to face facts. Virtually everyone everywhere is on social media � or at least it seems that way.

Whether on the desktop computer or on a tablet, on a smart phone or on a laptop, at work or at home, access to and use of social media is everywhere. According to the Pew Research Center, 73% of all US adults have a social media account. Approximately 90% of adults age 18-30 are using social networking sites, 78% of adults age 31-49 are online, and 65% of adults ages 50-65 are using social media. And according to a survey by the staffing agency Intelligent Office, one-third of workers use social media at work for at least an hour a day , and a quarter of respondents said they wouldn't work for a company that didn't allow them to use social media while they are on the job. 

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Employee Rivalry: Deal with It! 5 Tips for Managing Dueling Staffers

by Barbara Jaurequi, author, Adult-Child Entitlement Syndrome

Child Psychiatrist David Levy introduced the term "sibling rivalry" in 1941. Self-explanatory in its terminology, the concept of sibling rivalry is easy to grasp. The mechanism of employee rivalry works essentially the same way, with the employees in a competitive relationship, striving for greater approval from their employer or manager.

Many managers, in a desperate attempt to be perceived as �fair,� find themselves going crazy as they try to distribute praise evenly and acknowledge hard work equally. Moreover, when they are delivering criticism to one, they feel compelled to deliver it to the other, whether he or she deserves it or not, so they aren't accused of playing favorites. Rivaling employees who are constantly trying to �best� each other don't always deliver superior work because of their competition. In fact, the animosity they feel towards one another can stifle their creativity and cause them to deliberately undermine their �opponent's� efforts. Furthermore, the tension between them can corrupt the attitudes of other employees and cause managers to lose objectivity regarding the rivalry.

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Management Course in Indianapolis

Seventeen shop owners, vice presidents, and managers gathered in Indianapolis, IN, April 28-29 for one of AOCA's Management Certification Courses. AOCA received some great feedback via the program survey. Every single attendee responded "Yes" when asked whether he/she would recommend this course to other mangers!

Here are some testimonials from the Indianapolis Management Course. See what attendees found valuable:

"This course was very useful. I plan on taking it again! Very pleased with it" --Car-X , Westfield, IN

"I found too much helpful information to list. I will request all managers at our company attend this course." --LDF-Xpress, Ames, IA

"Course was excellent. Enjoyed it very much." --Car-X, Westfield, IN

"Everything." --Ritenour Express Care, Grove City, PA

If you missed this opportunity, don't fret. AOCA will be hosting two more Management Courses this year.

Toronto, ON, Canada: September 23-24

Dallas, TX: October 21-22

Member price: $499; Additional Members: $449

Non-member price: $600.00

Further your industry knowledge with AOCA. Register now!

iFLEX 2014 Session Recordings

You can now purchase session recordings and handouts from iFLEX 2014! On demand webinars of the 9 educational breakout sessions are available in the AOCA store at the discounted rate of $75 for iFLEX 2014 attendees and $125 for non-attendees

Purchase iFLEX 2014 Session Recordings now via the links below!

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May 2014

• Social Media in the Workplace

• Employee Rivalry: Deal with It! 5 Tips for Managing Dueling Staffers

• Management Course in Indianapolis

• iFLEX 2014 Session Recordings



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October 21-22
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