On “crowded Thursday “ this year, I attended and part-chaired the Workplace Trends conference. The event was live-blogged by @SuButcher who subsequently also put up a post with five reasons why this is a good idea http://is.gd/PtLRAC.
Now, this blog was already drafted on the back of a (thankfully large) Costa receipt – in many respects following from a much earlier post about why the industry shuns social media http://workessence.com/?p=33 – when I read point four of Su’s five –
“Much lively discussion at an event is lost between the participants, and live blogging and twitter, together with encouraging attendees to write about the event online afterwards, can encourage richness and a continuation of themes well into the future”.
Great – but it hasn’t happened. Again.
So why is the workplace/property industry so blogshy? Why – when the HR profession openly and energetically shares its views, perspectives and passions – is this one almost mute?
The lack of discussion amongst those who I know to have a lot to say is stunting the growth and development of the profession. If conferences such as Workplace Trends cannot stimulate debate, then what can? Consultants will blog because its aids presence and business development, but is the lack of open sharing of ideas by corporate practitioners that is most concerning. By not participating, the development of knowledge and ideas within the profession is dangerously left in the hands of too few.
So what are the reasons for the silence? Perhaps it is…..
- Time – but I maintain that if we have time to think it, we have time to write it – and plenty o other professionals do
- Technology – there are enough free blog sites in existence, and they are really not difficult to use
- Employer – there is no reason why a blog cannot be personal, distinct and targeted at the development of the profession
- Fear – will blogs be criticised? Yes, probably, but that’s part of the development of ideas, and like we should not be afraid of failure, we should not be afraid of appraisal
- IP – true there is a value to ideas, but we now need to give more and more away for free, and trust that there is more to come
- Over-reliance on traditional events with hand-to-mouth delivery of information – at an unconfrenece, you don’t get away with not participating, and so its time to bring the format into the workplace arena
- Nothing to say – is it all a charade?
I want to hear what my peers have to say. I want to challenge them, and have them challenge me when I say what I want. I don’t want to have to keep turning up at organised events and gatherings to try and do so in the precious little networking time afforded. And if I do, I would like to hope that the issues raised would be discussed long into the future.
It is time for the clams to open.