The fourth ConnectingHR Unconference is looking at the power of a socially engaged organisation.

Delegates spent some time discussing the issues around this topic (using the world cafe process) and then posted the issues they wanted to discuss further on to a grid. They then went off in to groups to discuss the issues.

Here is a list of the issues that were put on the grid. They provide an insight into what HR professionals see as the issues around developing a more socially engaged organisation.

  1. How do you get the company to trust the people?
  2. Social media must not replace face to face
  3. Perception of risk – tackling paranoia around transparency and collaboration
  4. Culture to maintain/establish a community
  5. Social media a steroid to networking of L&D
  6. Overcoming resistance
  7. You can’t force social – we must nurture and help people to find or see the need and demonstrate the value to individuals and business
  8. Fear of mob mentality – moderation – parent/child mentality
  9. HR versus IT – challenge the social media policy
  10. Social media controls – positive or negative?
  11. How to influence the people who don’t believe social networking is a great tool.
  12. What to do about individuals who are unable/unwilling to use social media (social media is not for everyone
  13. What is the best way to build a community – broad or narrow, with or without context
  14. What about blue collar workers?
  15. Culture shift? How? What’s the starting point?
  16. Can tools change culture? Or does culture change with new tools?
  17. We can’t control social phenomenon
  18. How can we talk about love, trust, freedom at work, without being laughed out of the room?
  19. Do I want to live my life in public?
  20. How do we engage people using social media without disengaging those who don’t want to engage with it?
  21. How do you engage people with social media without disengaging those who don’t want to engage with it?
  22. Balance of power – in authority versus an authority
  23. Practical examples of behaviour that improves culture
  24. Social: personal versus work life, internal versus external
  25. What happens when organisations can’t organise?
  26. The mixed messages around ‘forced’ work-life balance and the choice to work when and how I choose . . . I decide.
  27. How important is role modelling? Practise what you preach. what behaviours do you reward? How do you reward?
  28. Is social media at work a white collar privilege?