I’ve heard it many times from employees in government and other workplaces: use of social media during working hours is banned. That’s too bad. This decision is usually the result of management being obsessed with the notion that social media is a time waster. It can be, yes. But it can mean much more to a workplace. All of it positive.

Here’s the blunt truth: Workplaces that ban social media are going to be left in the dark ages. Watch this terrific video by Mark Ragan, CEO of Ragan Communications.