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Anna Fox
Anna Fox 16 October 2023

5 Social Productivity Hacks For The Workplace

Since consciously working to make our company a more connected and socially productive company, we’ve seen a lot of benefits. Our team is more informed, happier, and more productive.

Social media: we use it personally, we use it to drum up more business, but what about IN the business? 

By bringing the social experience to the workplace, we’ve found we’ve been more communicative, more productive, and generally happier!

Social Productivity Hack #1: Be as Transparent as Possible

Have you ever had a hallway conversation that you wish the rest of the team knew about? What about daily stand-ups where you talk to each other but no one writes it down?

We had that problem, a few people would talk to each other, and the rest of the team may not know about it until the next team meeting, so we decided to change that with Facebook Groups. Facebook has a very cool group function that is often overlooked.

You can create closed groups, which is perfect for a business. That means that the admin adds people, but no one from the outside will see the group. We started off using this for our Daily Standups (a post each day per team member where each team member talks about what they did yesterday, what they’re doing today, and any problems they may be having). 

It hooks in with the normal Facebook notification system so each team member gets notified when someone replies.

You may outgrow this.

We did! This was a great proof of concept for us, but as we got more frequent in our posting, we needed the ability to search and tag posts (marketing, development) which Facebook doesn’t currently offer in groups.

So, we switched to a private WordPress.com site and installed a few plugins that support membership features, mass-emailing, and easy sharing. We average 7 to 10 posts a day, and everyone is finding it very easy to keep up to date with it all! I haven’t tried it but they say Wix is even easier and fun to use and doesn’t require any plugins or integrations.

Social Productivity Hack #2: Make it Easy to Chat

We have used every chatting software from iChat, to IRC to Skype, but Slack has it all. It’s what is called “persistent” chat which means that even when you’re not in the “room,” you can still see what’s happening.

Whenever you get back online you can easily review what your team has been chatting about. It will even notify you by email if you are @mentioned directly, and with the mobile app installed on our smartphones, it’s easy to shoot a quick answer wherever you are.

Social Productivity Hack #3: Just “Do” It (and Make it Fun!)

There are quite a few phone apps that let you collaborate as a team assign tasks, and interact with each other throughout.

Collaborative phone apps take a social network approach so you can see what the entire team is up to at any given time, instead of just being assigned your tasks in your own bubble.

It’s that added interactivity that makes this tactic more fun to use, and when something is more fun, inevitably people will commit to it more!

Social Productivity Hack #4: Be Friends

If your employees are too nervous to have you as a friend on Facebook, you’re probably doing something wrong in your company culture. 

Granted, you may not want to share every little thing with every person (that’s why Facebook invented sharing settings), but the act of being friends with everyone on the team goes a long way in keeping up morale and solidarity.

Not quite up to Facebook friending yet? Start with Twitter and make sure everyone is following everyone else. Encourage your team to @mention each other, take photos, hashtag your company, tag each other in photos.

Extending the social interaction to the actual social networks helps your employees feel more a part of something, and also has the added bonus of giving the public perception of a tight-knit team.

Social Productivity Hack #5: Share Visually

We just started using Instagram for our team. We were a little slow on the uptake with that one because it wasn’t as easy for group contribution, but it’s been working for us by having our community manager as admin of the account.

Whenever someone finds an image they’d like to share, they post it in Slack and the manager is on the job posting it, applies our branded hashtag to it, and @mentions the team member’s own Instagram account.

With Pinterest, it’s even easier for all to contribute. You can also do a group pinboard, which we do, so everyone can post what they find interesting in one place.

You can have public boards, but we also have a secret board, that’s just for team members to curate awesome internet images. We find that our “remember!” board is very useful, for things we see on the go that we want to remember to discuss with the team later!

Social Productivity at the Company Level

Companies are different than they were even a few years ago. There’s a shift in culture that has made life in general more interconnected than ever before.

Since consciously working to make our company a more connected and socially productive company, we’ve seen a lot of benefits. Our team is more informed, happier, and more productive.

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