As I try to get more of my Indiana HR colleagues involved in social media, I am finding that it is a slow and at times difficult task. Those who are competitive and show a willingness to push the envelope with ideas and new innovations are aboard, even if they are not overly active. Others, being more methodical, are not showing the enthusiasm to jump in and experience it for themselves.
As I get more involved, my level of enthusiasm continues to grow as I get to know people and make the real life connections that have started on-line. During my time at HRevolution in Atlanta, I was struck by the authenticity that I experienced from everyone present. Although many people who are not involved in social media feel that an on-line persona cannot be authentic, I believe it is the opposite since being on-line can provide a safe way to talk about our real self as we all continue to pursue our ideal self. Trying to convey this to those unwilling (or unable) to jump in and try it continues to be a challenge.
The line between pushing limits and settling for status quo is a fine one and I am trying to straddle that now. While wanting more of my HR colleagues to embrace social media and experience some of the community that is brings, I worry at the same time about the loss of authenticity that may come about as more people get more involved. I may not have a legitimate concern as my own involvement is only one year old now and I hope that I have not been guilty of what I am worried about. There are many good people in the social media sphere and I enjoy learning from them each day. There is rarely a day now that I do not refer to someone within my social media circle as a resource for a workplace issue. Because of the information richness it brings, I truly cherish having as many people as possible involved.
Despite the resistance that some give, I will continue to push more to be involved to make the social media space even richer for those already in it. Of course, nothing beats personal connections and going beyond the computer to reach the real lives we all enjoy. That still reigns supreme in establishing a solid authentic relationship.