The New Workplace Weekly Digest 9/05

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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:

Feeling left out at work equals…

…less productivity. Employees crave for recognition and valuing them for their uniqueness triggers problem-solving behaviors as well as innovation. One best practice for making them feel included is to ask for their opinions in front of others – this signals that you value their contribution as demonstrates to others that everyone has value. Read Carolyn O’Hara’s article in Harvard Business Review for more input on the subject.

Freelancers, independent contractors and…

…temp workers are on their way to making up the majority of the US labor force. The 40-hours workweek is fading. Starting from millennials’ consumption habits and continuing with the freelancers workforce, Sarah Horowitz takes us on a journey to the Era of Meaningful Independece as opposed to the Era of Big Work. Read all about it in her LA Times article.

A company that’s part of the Big Four…

…professional services firms is a company that know their onions. And taken their commitment to social collaboration, you know Deloitte Australia is a place where organizational culture is nurtured. Making use of their Yammer network, they took a strategic approach and created clusters of online groups around their main businesses, like Consulting, Financial Advisory, Risk and others. Learn more about their social network use case study in Gloria Lombardi’s article for Simply Communicate.

Most business owners started to understand…

…that unhappy employees cost them money. With 84 percent employees globally that aren’t engaged at work, there are three main actions to take in order to change your culture for the better: hire talent – the right people for the right jobs, nurture their skills and enhance their well-being. Learn more about the context of these 3 best practices in Aryana Ayu’s article on Inc., The Enormous Cost of Unhappy Employees.

“The employee from a decade ago isn’t the same…

….as the employee who we are starting to see today”, says Jacob Morgan. And he even designed a simple but impactful image that makes it easier to see the past versus the future when it comes to employees expectations and future of work trends. Knowledge sharing principles and collaboration platforms are presented as positive features, along with other organizational culture assessments. Read his Evolution of the Employee post in Forbes.

Forums are great tools for debates and general discussions…

…but other features like the chronological layout or the lack of options for customizing content doesn’t make it quite the best tool for knowledge sharing. But given the similarities with a Q&A platform like Quandora, it’s legitimate to consider the latter the direct descendent of forums. Read this parallel to better understand the benefits of each.

Happy Knowledge Sharing!

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