5 Communication Facts by Chris Noel

A former colleague and creator of Noelvard Media wrote this article which contains 5 simple facts that may change your perception of social media and communication! For additional information about these facts as well as Noelvard Media, please contact Chris Noel at chris.noel01@gmail.com. Please feel free to forward this to anyone that may be interested in this article. Comments are appreciated as well.

5 Communication Facts that Can Help your Career

1. The 4.1%
As of 2011, only 4.1% of U.S. companies had an actual policy regarding Social Media.
That means, 95.9% of companies operate with no formal policy in place in regard to social media. Wanna be a rock-star? Contact Noelevard Media and find out how we can create a formal policy for you to take to your boss. Send email to noelevard@gmail.com, subject: Social Media Policy.

2. Human Resources Training
82.7% of human resources practitioners have received no training on how to utilize social media to benefit their HR strategy.
The harmful nature of utilizing social media poorly can be significant and long lasting. Information posted online is permanent. Thus, hiring managers must use caution when looking at Facebook profiles, as the content may not be relevant or accurate. In other words, current decisions should not be made based on a candidate’s past behavior. Six guidelines are recommended when using social media to gain additional information about job candidates. If you’d like to know what they are, email noelevard@gmail.com Subject: Human Resources Strategy Team

3. You Said What!?!
What you post on Facebook matters to HR Practitioners
A recent study of randomly sampled profiles showed that 53% of the profiles have pictures of alcohol being used. 20% of the profiles have comments regarding sexual activities. 25% had semi-nude/provocative pictures and 50% of the profiles have profanity. 77% of executive recruiters use search engines to research potential candidates. 35% of these recruiters have rejected candidates because of what they found. What content’s on your Facebook? If you’re currently looking for a job, let us be your personal Promotions Assistant.

4–Types of Power
Social Media Builds 1 of 4 types of Power: structural, ownership, expert and prestige.
Structural power refers to a person’s position in a company and its ability to influence based on title. Ownership power referred to the type of power shareholders have with company management. Expert power comes from a person’s contact(s) and relationships who deem a person an “expert.” Prestige power is similar to a “Halo effect”, in that it is merely power through association of a person’s network. In other words, if a person has powerful friends, he/she is then seen as more powerful as well. Prestige Power is most affected by social media.

5. Beyond Marketing
Only 15% of the American companies utilize social media beyond the marketing department
Why it’s a problem: Any department could use a Wiki-platform to help collaborate on projects, but currently this is not the norm. Furthermore, the vast majority of individuals updating company Facebook statuses or Tweeting, were A) not full time employees and B) did not see the maintenance of online conversations as part of their official job description.
How you can fix it: Create an action plan to integrate every department with social media software, programs. By the way, don’t limit your thinking of social media to just Facebook and Twitter. It’s much deeper than that (think Wiki’s, Texting, Google Docs, etc). Spearheading any of these projects will make you shine as an employee. If you need guidance or suggestions, contact noelevard@gmail.com

All stats above are the intellectual property and personal research of Christopher S. Noel, research analyst and partner at Noelevard Media. Permission must be obtained before using any statistics above. If you are interested in a copy of the PDF where the research came from, you may email the author at chris.noel01@gmail.com

Have a wonderful Monday!

Chris Noel

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