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  • 1. From Linked In toLinked Together
    Using Social Media and Web 2.0 as Part of an Overall Benefits Communication Strategy
  • 2. Greater Pittsburgh Local Chapter of ISCEBSMay 18, 2011
  • 3. Ron Kubitz, Recruiting Manager
  • 4. Background & Experience
    Over 20 Years Experience Recruiting for Engineering, Construction and related positions
    Training Manager
    Recruiting & Sales Manager
    Corporate Recruiter
    Prominent Blogger on Topics Related to Recruiting, HR, Training, and Careers
    AIRS, CPC Certified
    SHRM/PHRA Member
  • 5. Objectives
    • Define Web 2.0 and identify methods to utilize social media for the betterment of your corporation or individual circumstances.
    • 6. Create Enthusiasm and Familiarity with the many facets of Social Networking .
    • 7. Identify “Good and the Bad” of Social Networking.
  • 8. Objectives
    Learn how to get started using Social Media
    Discover relevant Social Mediatools effective in improvingbenefits communication
    Understand the importance
    of having a Social Media Policy
  • 9. How many of you are using the Social Web?
  • 10.
  • 11. What is Web 2.0?
    Web 2.0 is a collection of technologies that allow users to interact with online content.
    Social Networks
    User Forums
  • 12. What is Web 2.0?
    Users can participate, control, and guide the experience.
    Centered on user experience, Web 2.0 allows for a variety of inventive and functional employee benefits communication strategies.
  • 13. The Numbers
    65% of organizations plan to increase the use of social networking technologies *.
    56% of Social Media users are utilizing their favorite sites daily*.
    Companies continue to explore Social Media as the next communication frontier and a vital part of an overall benefits communication strategy*.
    *Source: Towers Watson
  • 14. The Numbers - Continued
    • By 2012, the number of people regularly reading blogs is expected to grow to 145 million*.
    • 15. The number of people who visit social networks regularly is projected to increase to 115 million by 2013*.
    • 16. Podcast audience is expected to increase 251% by 2012*.
    *Source: E-Marketer
  • 17.
  • 18. Advantages of using Social Media for Benefits Communication
    • Boosts Retention and can attract the best employees.*
    • 19. Increases productivity while decreasing absenteeism.*
    • 20. Reduces overall health care costs.*
    • 21. Inspires trust.
    • 22. Human Contact Element.
    • 23. Real time feedback.
    • 24. Increases Employee Engagement.
    *Met Life
  • 25. Advantages
    Loyal employees aren’t necessarily those with the most expensive benefits, but those who understand their benefits and how to make the most of them!
    Communications leads to better choices which in turn leads to reduced costs!
    Without effective benefits/wellness communications strategies, you cannot change negative employee choices!
    Better communications inspire trust which increases shareholder returns!
  • 26. Getting Started
    1. Lay the foundation—Make sure that you have easily accessible and effective online benefits resources.
    2. Have a strategy:
    What are your objectives? Decide on core objectives!
    Who are you talking to? Employee/family demographics!
    What is a wise use of $$? Communications website, blog, videos etc??
    What is going to have a long term ROI? Participate/Monitor
  • 27. Understand the Tools: BLOGS
    Simple and easy way to create web content and self publish
    Great first step
  • 28. Blogs—Uses & Tips
    Add a blog to your benefits website or intranet
    Employee Feedback
    Set a realistic schedule
    Post often during busy times (enrollment)
    All posts should have actionable information
    Moderated blogs!
  • 29. Understanding Micro-Blogs
    Short updates
    More interactivity
    Quick response/feedback
  • 30. Micro-Blogs Uses & Tips
    Twitter for reminders and updates
    Quick and helpful hits
    Pull the feed into your website/intranet/other Social Media
    Twitter can be received/viewed online, Twitter apps, mobile phone, etc!
    Twitter aids available online
  • 31. Understanding Podcasts/Videos
    You Tube
    Online downloadable audio and video clips
    Play on computer or iPod
    Can listen to at anytime
  • 32. Podcasts/Videos Uses & Tips
    Makes content more exciting and inviting
    Explain benefits changes, new programs, misconceptions
    Demonstrate wellness features/activities
    Video contests boost participation
    Interviews with benefits team members
    Be professional and of high quality
    Use caution if inviting employee videos
  • 33. Understanding Social Networks
    • LinkedIn
    • 34. Facebook
    • 35. Company Groups
    • 36. Company Benefits Sub-Groups
    • 37. Benefits Fans/Followers
    • 38. Powerful tool for distributing ideas and information
  • Social Networks Uses & Tips
    Facebook Wellness or Benefits Group
    Ditto for LinkedIn
    Gets families involved
    Build internal Social Networks
    Many wellness and health carriers are building social networking into their tools!
    Peer influence…
    Social networks lead to increased participation!
  • 39. Understanding User Forums
    What: Moderated online discussions around a specific topic.
    Why: Allows for idea swapping and answers exchange by employees, families, benefits staff. Information is easy to find and information is shared and utilized.
    Tips: Make sure it is a good fit for you. Requires monitoring at all times.
  • 40. Keys to Success
    Make it an on-going dialog
    Use conversational tone
    Start slow..have goals
    Share personal stories
    Feedback is a good thing
  • 41. “If you build it they will come.”
  • 42. “You had me at hello.”
  • 43. “(Mrs. Robinson) You are trying to seduce me.”
  • 44. “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”
  • 45. “I’ll be back.”
  • 46. Dangers (Legal) of Social Networking
    Businesses Need to:
    • Assess the benefit of using social networking group sites also create a policy on Web 2.0 usage.
    • 47. Create policy/ground rules on personal postings on both corporate sites and personal sites. Focus on “do’s” versus the “do not’s”.
    • 48. Introduce the policy and keep up to date.
    Must align with ethics code and Handbook
    E-Mail Policy
    Confidentiality and Nondisclosure
    Consult an Attorney
  • 49. Dangers cont.
    Educate employees regarding use of Social Media
    Require disclaimers
    Use real names/identities
    Tell the truth and do not disparage
    Do not identify customers, partners or clients
    Work versus Play
  • 50.
  • 51. In Conclusion:
    In a forum where 200+ million people can be reached each month, social networking is an efficient, cost effective and limitless tool for investing in your company by investing in your benefits communication and in turn reaping the benefits in terms of employee engagement!