Members of the Employee Forum learned about ways technology adds conflict to the workplace at their first meeting of the school year.
But they also explored technologies that will make their jobs easier.
During the first meeting Wednesday, Ombudsperson Wayne Blair presented trends his office has come across. Many issues centered around using technology to solve interpersonal problems.
“Alright, we love technology. Technology is really efficient, but you cannot manage conflict via email, or text messages or Twitter,” he said.
“You cannot tell the world how you feel about your colleagues and your supervisor and put it on Facebook.”
The line was met with laughter and applause from forum members.
Other trends he noted reflected the toll of budget cuts.
Blair said people are stressed and exhausted, both physically and emotionally, because there are fewer people to do more work.
Blair also mentioned cases of bullying, especially toward supervisors who feel that their subordinates gang up on them.