High net­work­ing with Google+

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Google+ is ris­ing as the next en­ter­prise so­cial net­work by pro­vid­ing a range of ways for co­work­ers to share in­for­ma­tion on clients, projects, and in­dus­try events. Google+ could be­come your pre­ferred tool for com­mu­ni­cat­ing with your im­me­di­ate team and slic­ing and dic­ing your net­work at large. Google+ lays out cer­tain net­work­ing strate­gies for its en­ter­pris­ing mem­bers.

Cir­cles

One of the first things to do is to cre­ate a cir­cle com­posed en­tirely of co­work­ers. The fo­rum lets the user to set pref­er­ence of shar­ing in­for­ma­tion with an in­di­vid­ual, a few in­di­vid­u­als, a cir­cle or the pub­lic. In this case, cre­at­ing a cir­cle helps in shar­ing a post rel­e­vant to ev­ery­one in the com­pany. The user can also cre­ate cir­cles for dif­fer­ent de­part­ments or teams within the or­ga­ni­za­tion like sales, ac­count­ing or mar­ket­ing.

Pro­file

Google+ is a great way to build re­la­tion­ships across the or­ga­ni­za­tion by al­low­ing em­ploy­ees to show more of who they are on a per­sonal level. Each Google+ ac­count is as­so­ci­ated with a Google pro­file which can be edited to con­tain name, brief bio, em­ploy­ment, ed­u­ca­tion and places lived.

Share news and in­for­ma­tion with your co­work­ers

As a gen­eral ten­dency now, to avoid over­load­ing the in­boxes, so­cial net­work­ing fo­rums are pre­ferred for shar­ing news and in­for­ma­tion with col­leagues. In most of the cases, in­ter­est­ing in­for­ma­tion gets ig­nored ly­ing in the in­boxes. Google+ lets the user copy the link to a use­ful web­site, video or any other post and share it with the se­lected cir­cle or ev­ery­one on the Google+ do­main. The user can add per­sonal com­ments to the post and con­tex­tu­al­ize it by giv­ing rea­sons of shar­ing the re­source.

Cel­e­brate suc­cess

Team work re­quires due recog­ni­tion. Google+ is a great tool to put the team’s or a mem­ber’s name in lights. Ei­ther by post­ing per­sonal mes­sages or through a mo­ti­va­tional video is a healthy way of pub­licly rec­og­niz­ing the achieve­ments. Thus, half of the team build­ing quar­terly ob­jec­tives are met through Google+.

Shar­ing pho­tos

Build com­mu­nity by shar­ing pho­tos of con­fer­ences, com­pany events, or even your last va­ca­tion. Pho­tos are not only a nice way to make the work environment more per­son­able, but it is also a help­ful way to on­board new em­ploy­ees. By di­rect­ing new em­ploy­ees to photo al­bums on Google+ you will al­low them to an­swer some of their own ques­tions, like learn­ing the names of peo­ple in other de­part­ments.

Use hang­out for im­promptu meet­ings

Lever­ag­ing the Google+ Hang­out you can stay in touch via a pri­vate chat room with your col­leagues, busi­ness part­ners and oth­ers in your ex­tended com­mu­nity. Use live video chat that puts you in the same room to­gether - some­thing very ben­e­fi­cial for a dis­trib­uted work­force

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