19 Jul

Social Media: A Boy’s Club or a Girl’s Best Friend?

Articles, Blog No Comments by Rebecca Wilhoit

Social networking is quickly turning into the divider that unites. No matter what avenue you choose – be it Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, or a personal blog (or a combination of multiple tools) – it’s a pretty safe bet. Just about everyone is doing some social networking these days.

But who beats who, when it comes to the gender divide in social networking? Some new statistics may (or may not) surprise you. According to data gathered by Royal Pingdom, here’s the breakdown across 19 different social networking sites:

  • 16 out of 19 sites examined have more female than male users.
  • The 3 sites with more male users were Digg, Reddit, and Slashdot – all social news sites. Slashdot was the stand-out, with 82% male users.
  • Twitter and Facebook are almost gender neutral – Twitter has 59% female users and Facebook has 57% female.
  • The most female-dominated sites were Bebo (66% female users), MySpace, and Classmates.com (both with 64% female users).
  • Average ratio of all 19 sites examined was 47% male, 53% female.

So, looks like the girls won that one. But in the case of Twitter, it appears that women and men both are more likely to follow a male than they are a woman. New research published in the Harvard Business Review indicates that across a study of more than 300,000 Twitter users, men have 15% more followers on the average than women on Twitter. Furthermore, while women follow other women 44% of the time, they follow men 56% of the time. In a similar vein, men follow women 35% of the time, and follow other male users 65% of the time.

But in the case of Twitter, the top 10% of Twitter users studied accounted for 90% of all Tweets. So who knows how the social tendencies of either gender break down when it comes to some statistical data? What do you think? What makes one gender gravitate towards a certain social networking tool over another, in your opinion?

18 Jul

Top 5 Crazy At Work Tweets: Week of July 11

Blog, Crazy At Work No Comments by Mary-Frances Winters

We scour Twitter to find the answer: What makes you #crazyatwork?

@G_Shinin: Wow today been crazy at work. We found a homeless guy and a dead cat so far in these basements 0_o.

@DREAD_EDDnEDDY: I swear I’d go crazy if I didn’t have my iPod at work!

@amberisonnn: If one more person takes my pen at work I’m gonna go crazy on them for real

@TimCotton81: Crazy day, 9 meetings at work today, 2 client reports reviewed to be sent out… and breathe

@theresaeileen5: Had a homeless man come into work and yell at me because my parents “make too much money”..?

Use #crazyatwork on Twitter for your chance to get mentioned here every Monday!

15 Jul

Did You Know? Workplace Conflict Leads to Lost Productivity

Blog, Did you know? No Comments by Mary-Frances Winters

Managers interviewed recently (March 2011) by Accountemps said they spend, on average, 18 percent of their time — more than seven hours a week or nine weeks per year — intervening in employee disputes. Resolving staff conflicts is an ongoing issue faced by supervisors.

According to one study the number of employees seeking help for work-related conflict  increased from 23% in 1999 to close to 30% in 2001.

A 2005 UK survey found that 78% of managers are suffering from work-related stress, 52% have experienced harassment, 46% have seen an increase in conflict at work.

The total value of lost work time due to stress is a whopping $1.7 billion. Employees who say their managers are “sensitive” miss an estimated 3.7 days of work, whereas employees whose managers are rates as “non-sensitive” miss approximately 6.2 days of work.

Approximately 16% of employees feel that poor interpersonal relations are a source of stress at work.

Sources:

Accountemps.com

(WarrenShepel [online], Health & Wellness Research Database, 2005)

(MacBriade-King, J.L., and Bachmann, K. Solutions for the stressed-out worker. The Conference Board of Canada,1999)