The New Workplace Weekly Digest 03/04/2016

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Here’s this week’s brief:

Once the decision is made to hire…

…a new CEO, the founder-CEO and board should work together, ideally over a six-month period, to strategically plan the transition. One of the steps that can be used to successfully manage the transition to new leadership is to ensure knowledge capture and transfer. A critical factor in managing this transition is ensuring that relevant knowledge is documented to the greatest extent possible. Inattention to this can be disastrous. Founders hold vast amounts of information in their heads, and when they hand over the reins, the new team can experience a knowledge gap. This can result in chaos, confusion, and a situation where the management team is scrambling to operate effectively. Knowledge capture and transfer will assist in a smooth transition. Get the rest on the subject by reading Suren Dutia’s article How to Bring in a New CEO for Your Startup for Harvard Business Review.

Employee engagement and happiness…

…at work is in decline. Separate studies found that employee engagement has been falling for the past decade or more. Yves Morieux – director for the Boston Consulting Group’s Institute for Organization – attributes this to a “proliferation of cumbersome processes, systems, scorecards, metrics, meetings”, in other words ‘complicatedness’. Teamwork and collaboration are consistently linked to increases in innovation and discretionary effort, shaping how some companies now think about reward packages. “You must be very careful with reward and bonuses,” says Mr. Morieux, “because if the bonus is very significant then your goal becomes to earn the bonus. And then you will do everything you can to earn the bonus, including hiding, exaggerating and why not cheating? These strong incentives are counterproductive if you want people to co-operate.”. Read Tim Smedley’s Happy workplaces help companies perform better for Financial Times.

Advices on succeeding in the jobs…

…we have like making your manager look good, taking on extra work, trying to become friends with others are pretty common. Instead, Jacob Morgan wants to propose a few non-conventional yet powerful approaches that employees can use to get ahead at work. Like if your company has internal social media or collaboration tools, use them. Is one of the few non-conventional yet powerful approaches that employees can use to get ahead at work. All sorts of collaboration tools and internal social networks enable employees to build this same type of thought leadership amongst their peers, managers, and co-workers. Start an internal blog, participate in internal group chats and discussions, and be all over that internal social network and collaboration tool if your company has one. You will get recognized for your contributions and become much more visible in your company which will lead to greater opportunities. Read his post for Forbes Three Unconventional Ways To Get Ahead At Your Company to get more on this topic.

Collaboration within medium and…

…large organizations typically falls under a pull model: collaborating to pull knowledge out of the network to get a job done. Simple, basic collaboration, often driven more by technology vendors than by our own prescribed needs. A push model, however, is a more advanced form of collaboration. People don’t just consume knowledge in the network, they constantly look for ways to improve and build on it. Pushing it out into the open for others to leverage, advancing it for the next person who needs it, making it more valuable to the organization as a whole. Why do we collaborate? At an elemental level, and from Andrew Pope’s own experience — getting the job done. Finding and using knowledge that you don’t have on hand, to meet our objectives. If you want to get more on the subject read Andrew’s post Is Your Collaboration More About Me, Myself and I? for CMSWire.

As we move forward in 2016…

…there is a major tenet that still needs attention: collaboration, and its lack. Collaboration is a frequently used bucket term, but it’s still important. We need to take a step back and ask what causes its absence: Inefficiency? Company culture? Technology? (Or the lack thereof?) Regardless of the cause, inefficiency creates a collaboration deficit, which in turn leads to a loss of productivity. And that’s a major challenge for any company, especially one trying to meet key 2016 goals. Employees at all levels of the organization — even the C-suite — can become out of sync, contradicting one other and duplicating efforts. The result: diminished outcomes, a longer time to market and decreased revenue. Employee dissatisfaction from these misalignments can also cause turnover, so Dan Schoenbaum proposes some best practices he used himself as CEO to empower teams to create a collaborative workplace. Read 3 Ways CEOs Can Empower Teams to Embrace Collaboration for Entrepreneur to find out what they are.

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