Finally a way to connect!
The work we have done this week has been eye opening and provided me with a number of new ideas on how to manage my team. As a sales manager, I have a team that is spread out through the western part of the US and it is difficult for me to keep in touch and help them where I need to. Personally, I don't think Twitter is the answer because we are in the field callin on prospective customers, but other options outlined will make it easier to connect with them. I did enjoy the time on Twitter because it gave me a forum to let people know what is going on in my day and the status I was at.
As for applying this to work, currently we use our cell phones to send emails, text messages and calls when necessary but we all have different schedules and meeting set and don't want our phones going off during an imprortant visit. By webifying our schedule and making sure that the time zones are followed, will give us an idea of when the other people are available and when we can make a call. The other tool that I will be implementing is a status update sent out, so that if somebody is unavailable we know that and can wait to make contact. Personally, I am not technical or internet savy so this is a big eye opener to me and what I can do with my remote team.
I really liked how the article mention that workers would send emails at late or early times in te day to show a boss that they are working. Personally I have done this on the weekends and late at night to show them that I keep long hours. As a boss, I feel that the article was right on by saying trust is implied when you hire someone and if they feel that they have to earn it, that will lead them to doubt themselves and less likely to take risks.