The New Workplace Weekly Digest 01/30

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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:

Collaboration tools should be part…

…of every organization’s effort of providing a usable digital workplace. Decision-making can be accelerated by better flows of knowledge and 2015 is the year for managers and the C-suite to support internal collaboration with the help with today’s technology. The future of work is already here – read Dion Hinchcliffe’s “How digital collaboration will evolve in 2015” for ZDNet to learn more about these trends.

Embracing a knowledge sharing culture…

…(rather than rewarding employees for hoarding content) could be one of the most significant parts of a successful KM strategy. A scary statistics tells us that only 11% of PS (Professional services) organizations have a formal process for capturing best practices, thus losing the opportunity of further growing a knowledge base for future use. Read John Ragsdale’s “Top reasons knowledge management programs fail” to follow up on the issue.

Asking SMARTly (Specific, Meaningful…

…Action-oriented, Real and Time-bound) is one of the 5 most important lessons when trying to ease the process of asking for help. Though managers often complain about the lack of collaboration on their organization, the culprit is not necessarily employees’ unwillingness to help, but rather the lack of asking for it. Find out what the other 4 are by reading this “Five ways to make it easier to ask for help” written for Harvard Business Review and republished by Irish Times.

Collaborative performance is not…

…that easy achievable, but once leadership teams are willing to follow some simple tips, making everybody fly in the same direction won’t feel like such a difficult task anymore. Rita J. King shares with us 4 tips on how to succeed with this: 1. Listen, Listen and Listen, 2. Hold Members Accountable, 3. Eliminate Fiefdoms, 4. Understanding Priorities. Read her “How to Keep a Leadership Team in Sync” post in Entrepreneur to get the details.

In a collaborative environment…

…team members understand that knowledge hoarding is a bad idea and organizational culture gets a real boost. As the concept of “knowledge is power” loses ground, the benefits of tribal knowledge starts emerging. How can organizations help their employees improve their skills and get better at what they do? By leveraging the market of collaboration tools. Read our latest blog post “Team Collaboration Does Happen Online, But Not By Email” to learn more about it.

Happy Knowledge Sharing!

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