Welcome to the newly-launched Dale Carnegie blog. Why are we starting a blog when there are millions of blogs in cyberspace? Well, we felt the need to try and share some thoughts (and gain some of your valuable input) on the state of human interaction in the workplace.
Today, we are more connected than ever. We can e-mail, text message, instant message and basically stay in touch with anyone 24/7…but is that creating long-lasting productive relationships? Is that creating trust? Do employees feel engaged?
It is estimated that approximately 2 million e-mails are sent every second…employees are becoming so dependent on electronic communication that they have actually forgotten to chat (face to face), share week-end stories and just pop into someone’s office to get their feedback on an idea. At a Dale Carnegie International Convention, the Vice President for Human Resources for one of the largest companies in the world mentioned that his boss's office is about 25 yards from his and that they communicate probably 25 times a day via e mail. But he said that about the only time they talked person to person was when he met his boss in the men's room! He lamented that this was not the ideal way of communicating!
Technology has changed greatly since our company was founded in 1912, however human nature has not, relationships still drive business results!