Book coverWhen you first open a new book, you wonder where it is going to go.  Well  “A Necessary Evil” was no different, but this work took a very different twist compared to any book I have ever read. First of all, I had met the author, Aliah Wright before I undertook to read the book.  Naturally I was excited to hear what she had to say.

The next quirk began on page two, I actually knew a person (Janine Truitt) who is being quoted.  This trend continued throughout the book,  All of the people quote, referenced, or otherwise mentioned in the book are REAL PEOPLE, many of whom I have met, and would consider them friends.  While this may be amusing to me, I suppose that is not really enough to get anyone to buy the book.  So I need to delve into the content and the material covered in the book.
I found the book to be an excellent introduction into social media use in the workplace.  It is directed at people who would like to, or who need to learn more about social media use in the workplace. So if you come down in the camp of shut it down, lock it down and don’t allow anyone to use Facebook or text at work, save your money and just continue with your head in the sand, we will see how that works out for you long term, ugh!
But if you are interested in learning about how to manage your way through some of the conundrums that social media will present the book is a quick read and an excellent resource.  Ms. Wright calls on people who actually deal with these issues routinely.
On page 99,  we hear from Paul Smith, a working HR professional. Paul talks about his views on use of social media in the workplace.  Paul deals with this  matter week in and week out.  Paul represents his organization in developing sound policies to deal with social media use at work.  His views are pragmatic and practical, and if you want to know more you could find Paul on twitter, on Facebook or on his blog and without a doubt he will speak to you.
Throughout the book there are concrete examples of things that a manager should know about social media use.   Tweets can be programmed and sent out at later times.  If you don’t know this, Mr. Manager, you could end up with egg on your face.  I recall the first time I saw one of my schedule tweets flash before my eyes, I thought, that is weird, I just tweeted into cyberspace, but I wasn’t on my computer at the time.
The book is well referenced and has a through index, which makes it an excellent resource.  I found it hard to put the book down.  I highly recommend it.  This should be in every HR pros library.