Using Instant Messaging Solutions
IM software means instant communication with employees around the worldNo longer just for teens and college students, IM software has become a valuable business tool. It has become an easy, inexpensive and, at many times, indispensable form of communication.
Before you put an IM solution in place at your office, there are several things you need to think about. If your corporate instant messaging is not handled properly, it can become more of a hindrance than a help, so consider the following:
1. Will free Internet message services be cost effective or prove to be an employee time waster?
2. Do you want to use instant messaging over the Internet or would the Intranet be safer?
3. Is it important for you to monitor employee use of Internet message services?
Look into free instant message services
Look into corporate instant messaging solutionsSome employers like to stay away from the free Internet message providers because they are so easily accessible. Not only does it make it a less than secure place to discuss trade secrets, but employees can chat with Aunt Mildred just as easily as with John Mildred, Director of Marketing.
Research software to monitor business instant messagingThe main problem with adding IM solutions to your business model is that employees can get so busy with chatting that it can hurt productivity. It's best to address this issue before you have to.
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