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Agency Policies Regarding Social Networking

As social networking continues to gain in importance as a tool for employees to connect and collaborate, there appears to be a clear divide developing between those who are permitted access to these tools by their agency and those who aren't. I attended a recent meeting of a number of agencies, and through a show of hands there was a roughly 50-50 split between those permitted access and those denied. As the State continues to bring in young minds who are used to relying on these tools every day, which agencies do you think will be in a better position to attract and retain these valuable people?

Agency CIO's should get together to weigh the value these tools provide against what they see as potential losses in productivity, and develop a more consistent policy and plan for permitting access.


Submitted by 5 years ago

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  1. Unsubscribed User

    Any agency willing to recruit young tech savvy web 2.0 employees. This will allow a more diversified work environment.

    5 years ago
  2. John Rager Idea Submitter

    My point exactly. I see the level at which an agency embraces and exploits these services eventually becoming even more a differentiating factor for new recruits as parking availability, work schedule flexibility, etc. Agencies that lock this down across the board will be sending a clear message to new recruits: we don't trust you.

    As Empire 2.0 continues to take hold, new opportunities for interagency collaboration, networking and employee growth will emerge, but only for those agencies that don't see this as something to simply be blocked.

    5 years ago
  3. Let's first define and develop an architecture of Social Networking.. what capabilities are needed today and what we forsee in future. Then only , we could talk about setting up policies for social networking.

    5 years ago
  4. Unsubscribed User

    My concern with the recommendation as worded is that the value of these tools is based on specific job functions or roles. This is more granular than even the specific agency level, much less as a collective State entity. Agencies, I feel, must be prepared to support these tools and technologies in an effective and secure manner but need to be free to provide these resources as appropriate to the specific businesses that make up the agency. Discussions at the CIO level or below could help educate us on these concerns and therefore help strengthen implementations, but a collective policy will not have much value in the field, so to speak.

    4 years ago

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