The New Workplace Weekly Digest 8/08

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Every Friday, we prepare for you a short digest with news covering subjects related to employee engagementcollaborationorganizational cultureknowledge sharingleadership and the future of work.

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Here’s this week’s brief:

If you won the lottery, would you…

…still keep your job? Looks like 63% of engaged employees would. Flexible working is on everyone’s mind when we’re talking about the future of work. Why? Because people want to work the way they live. Ben Rossi takes us to a journey of telecommuting benefits, which include employee engagement and improved productivity. Read all about it in his Information Age age article.

Emotions in the workplace…

…are not an aspect to ignore. The feeling of being devalued or diminished by someone else’s words or behavior is the main negative emotion that damages the capacity of an employee to bring the value he is capable of to the company. Leaders that are sensitive to people’s need to feel valued are a great asset, but in their absence, taking the matter into your own hands is best. Learn more from Tony Schwartz’s “The Only Thing that Really Matters” post in Business Insider.

Companies frequently forget that…

…cultural values should define how an organization gets things done — the process, not the result, says Brent Daily, RoundPegg’s founder and chief operating officer. 60% of Fortune 50 companies named integrity as a core organizational value, with customer focus (42%) and respect (38%) following closely behind. But many of these companies blindly use these terms to describe their cultures without fully understanding what it means to develop a good culture in the first place. Read Nicole Fallon’s article in Business New daily to learn why corporate culture starts with process, not platitudes.

Adoption of social media for the enterprise…

…generally doesn’t share the viral properties of Facebook, Twitter Inc., or business-oriented LinkedIn Corp. Part of the reasoning behind the slow growth of social enterprise tools and software might be linked to the fact that the consumer versions are enough. But what about the benefits of social collaboration for internal company discussions? Citing WSJ, Ricky Ribeiro gives us the example of Availity LLC for which the collaborative benefits of social platforms are clear enough. Read all about it in his BizTech post.

ESNs are first of all a place to centralize…

…information. But since they’re not focused on functional content (and they don’t claim to be), using it for knowledge sharing is a bit tricky. Being centered on real time content (with its UX designed around same idea) and covering overall communication, specific information is flooded by all other content. That’s why we believe that an ESN like Yammer and ta knowledge sharing tool like Quandora are entirely complementary, as two facets of internal collaboration. Read about the differences in this blog post.

Happy Knowledge Sharing!

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