The New Workplace Weekly Digest 06/12

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Every Friday, we prepare for you a short digest with news covering subjects related to employee engagement, collaboration, organizational culture, knowledge sharing, leadership and the future of work.

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Here’s this week’s brief:

Millennials want, and need, to…

…make a difference. Smart employers will look for ways to build leadership opportunities for these employees that are often hired into entry-level jobs. Giving employees ongoing opportunities to build new skills and try new ways of working is one of these opportunities. Also, millennials prefer to work collaboratively and want feedback, perhaps more so than any other demographic, so encouraging group projects is another tip for young employees retention. Read Watch Out, Workforce: Millennials are Here! By Heidi Parsont for Glassdoor for Employers to learn more.

Technology and great systems can…

…help organizations cultivate the right culture and bring together a diverse workforce without pushing the boundaries of expectation. And this is an important aspect if we consider that there’s a big divide between people’s digital abilities and willingness to embrace a new way of working. By implementing true digital processes throughout the organization, you can eliminate hundreds or thousands of hours your employees spend on unnecessary tasks and the never ending hunt for information. Learn more on the subject by reading In services organizations, people make the difference. Do yours? by Thomas Staven for Diginomica.

Creating employees for life should…

…be as important as the goal of gaining customers for life. Employees’ experiences have a direct impact — both good and bad — on the customer experience, so prioritizing it should be a focus point, as it has a direct impact on how customers experience your product, your company, your brand. Happier workers will stay with your company and productivity gains mean workers get more done in less time, enhancing the digital workplace is a good place to start in order to engage your workforce. Read more about it in Creating Employees for Life by Kevin Conroy for CMSWire.

We’re all looking for meaning in…

…the workplace, so companies should deliver on meaningful employee engagement. And millennials, who will account for 75% of the workforce in 2025, need their companies support for skills enhancement and collaborative actions in order to engage. 28% of future leaders say they feel their current organization is making full use of their skills according to Deloitte’s 2015 Millennial Survey. As Adam Smiley Poswolsky puts it, to remain innovative, impactful, and financially competitive, companies will have to go outside their corporate comfort zone to design roles for a purpose-driven millennial workforce. Read his article What millennial employees really want for FastCompany to learn more.

In a survey of 436 global business…

…leaders, less than a quarter (23 percent) are confident their organizations have the knowledge and skills to succeed in the digital aspects of their business. In the new digital age, CIOs have a powerful opportunity to lead their organizations in digital fluency, and new research from Harvard Business Review Analytic Services reveals that when they do, their organizations are more likely to see tangible business results, such as increased revenue growth and profit margins. Read more on the subject in New HBR research urges CIOs to lead in digital transformation by The Enterprisers Project.

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