The New Workplace Weekly Digest 03/25/2016

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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:

“We live in amazing times. We have…

…an opportunity to reshape our organizations and societies and make them more responsive, adaptive and efficient. In an age of collaboration and smart teams, what’s the role of traditional management? How does it add value? When it comes to digital transformation, management—and particularly senior management—is often the problem rather than the solution. You can’t transform the organization and still hope to retain the same organizational structure. Digital transformation is first and foremost cultural and organizational. It is inherently network-based and distributed. The old organizational hierarchies and silos are blockages to true digital transformation.” Read Gerry McGovern’s Collaboration and leadership everywhere blog post to get his whole point of view on the subject.

“A new generation of talent is following…

…Millennials into the workplace, bringing with it a fresh set of values and challenges to enterprise IT. “We need to take everything we know about Millennials, and multiply it by the next generation,” says Dan Schawbel, partner and research director at Future Workplace. Digital communication remains popular with Gen Z – they are increasingly connected, they use technology to accomplish tasks, and they will be inclined to use collaboration tools for work. Businesses no longer have excuses for holding back on new technologies when they’re trying to attract Gen Z workers. As more members of Gen Z enter the workforce, businesses need to recognize the complementary strengths of young and old generations. Pairing the two, whether in team projects or mentorship programs, can help them learn from one another.” Read Gen Z Hits The Workforce: Are You Ready? by Kelly Sheridan for Information Week to get more details on the future workforce.

“Companies that focus on creating a…

…human-focused workplace will reap significant rewards in terms of employee well-being, engagement, and retention, according to a survey recently released by Globoforce’s new WorkHuman® Research Institute. Recognition significantly improves engagement, commitment, pride, and overall happiness. When U.S. workers are recognized, they are more likely to feel appreciated, be happy at work and at home, and become more satisfied in their jobs; yet 40 percent of employees have not been recognized in the past year. Findings include that when workers trust colleagues, senior leaders and bosses, they are 25 to 30 percent more likely to say they love their job, with trust for senior leaders having the biggest impact. 82 percent who trust senior leaders say they love their jobs, compared to only 43 percent who distrust senior leaders.” Read the rest of the findings and also a link for downloading the full report in BusinessWire’s post New Globoforce Survey Shows Recognition Creates More Human-Focused Workplaces.

“Practicing teamwork builds strong…

…verbal and nonverbal relationships among coworkers. When working together on team projects, you must learn how to communicate clearly and compile the entire group’s ideas in order to build trust. When coworkers work together, honesty becomes a byproduct of the interaction. Effective teams quickly learn to open up and share honest opinions to resolve disagreements. A successful team knows always to tell the truth, no matter how difficult. Putting forth constructive criticism gives coworkers honest, helpful feedback they can utilize to increase their skills. This straightforward communication leads to a solid professional relationship rooted in trust.” According to Dave Mattson, one of the tips to do that is play to individual strengths Each member brings different skills to the group. “The secret to an effective team is discovering how these individual skills work together in the best way possible. Think of team members’ abilities as unique cogs in your team machine. When these cogs are positioned correctly, the machine runs smoothly.” Read his post 12 Tips for Fostering Teamwork for Entrepreneur to get more tips.

“At its core, workplace culture can…

…actually make or break a business. Yet while most agree that culture is integral to success, a new survey reveals that there’s a big difference of opinions in what drives it. The latest installment of the Employee Engagement Lifecycle Series titled “Who’s the Boss of Workplace Culture?” from the Workforce Institute at Kronos and WorkplaceTrends, shows that human resources professionals, managers, and employees aren’t in agreement over who drives culture, what’s important to creating a great one, and what can destroy it. More than 1,800 U.S. adults were given an online questionnaire on various aspects of workplace culture and employee engagement. Among them, one-third were HR professionals, another third were people managers, and the final third were full-time, non-managing employees.” To get in detail about the interesting findings of this survey read Why Employees And Management Have Such Different Ideas About Company Culture by Lydia Dishman for FastCompany.

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