As I explore social networking, I’m starting to find more and more ways in which it can be used within organizations. For example, I recently talked about how managers could use social networking as input into performance appraisals (from a qualitative perspective).

Along the same lines, managers can also use social networking as an extension to team meetings and one-on-one meetings with their staff. This works particularly well for virtual teams.

Let’s look at a specific example. Each team member has their own wiki document outlining their key focus areas and upcoming deliverables (within the next 4 – 8 weeks). Team members update their wiki documents as they complete tasks and new ones arise. As a manager, you can use the wiki documents to see what your team members are focusing on, provide recognition and input into deliverables by adding comments or editing the documents, etc. Furthermore, team members can also keep up-to-date on what each other is working on. As I mentioned, if a team is geographically dispersed, this is one way of helping them feel more connected to the larger team.

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