The New Workplace Weekly Digest 04/22/2016

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Here’s this week’s brief:

“Collaboration is simply good business…

…Since the 1990s, collaborative activities in the workplace have increased by 50%. Of a recent list of the 20 Best Companies for Leadership worldwide, 90% have established systems that compel top executives to cooperate with one another. As traditional hierarchies continue to flatten, collaboration has become key to success. When it comes to collaboration, quality should take precedence over quantity–a detail that may be getting overlooked in the rush to incorporate the latest management buzzword. The fundamental element of any collaborative effort is identifying the right type of behavior to yield the appropriate business results. And the best way to shift mindsets and behaviors is to encourage the right behaviors with the right motivation and rewards. This is the secret weapon of collaboration.” Read Erica Dhawan’s article The Secret Weapon For Collaboration for Forbes.

Stopping information hoarding is one…

…of the things you can do to stop demotivating the people in your company, Alan Zimmerman believes. “Employees continue to rate “a lack of communication” as one of their top three complaints on employee surveys. And in an environment of information scarcity, negative emotions run rampant. So you had better keep your employees informed, or they’ll make it up, and it won’t be flattering. Of course some leaders think, “I don’t have the time to keep my people up to date on everything.” But if you don’t have the time to keep your people informed now, how will you find the time to correct their misunderstandings later? If an employee doesn’t know exactly what’s expected of him, he can’t feel confident that he’s doing the right thing the right way. And in that environment, many employees get lost and demotivated.”. Read Alan’s article 5 Ways to Stop Demotivating Your People for Entrepreneur.

“Millennials use a range of communication…

…methods, sometimes within the same conversation. They like to work in teams. In fact, 88 per cent of millennials prefer collaborative work environments. Millennials are embracing the “work wherever, whenever” possibilities that technology is unlocking. They’re the most likely to check email outside working hours – and most likely to do so on a mobile device. And according to PwC, nearly half of millennials prefer to converse using technology rather than face-to-face or on the phone. Easy collaboration solutions help team members work together. They’ll be able to team using the tools of the organisation, not external apps to conduct sensitive business. As millennials move from entry-level to executive, companies that embrace the workplace changes they’re driving will be better positioned to thrive in the years ahead.” Read Vishy Gopalakrishnan’s post How technology providers will have to adapt to the millennial workplace for IT Pro Portal.

“You can keep doing business as usual…

…or you can future-proof your business by becoming agile rather than reactive and customer-centric rather than presumptive. In short, you can embrace digital transformation, explained digital analyst, speaker and author Brian Solis” who recently released a new report called “The Race Against Digital Darwinism: Six Stages of Digital Transformation.”. Digital transformation is one of the most important movements in business today. But at the same time, it’s also one of the least understood and consistently debated across the enterprise and throughout the industry,” Solis told CMSWire.   The research, which took a year and half to assemble, was developed to help CIOs, CMOs and key stakeholders follow the paths of other successful companies. “More so, it helps guide, justify, validate and effectively make the case for driving transformation,” he added.”. Read Noreen Seebacher’s post How to Be More Agile, Competitive & Innovative in a Digital Era for CMSWire.

Half of companies worldwide say their…

….leaders are not ready to lead their organizations today, and 71% say leaders are not ready to lead into the future, according to a recent study by Brandon Hall Group. A hallmark of great leaders is their ability to recognize when to be directive and when to be collaborative. There are times when circumstances call for being directive, such as dealing with policy changes and reinforcing rules. However, leaders often rely too much on their directive approach. They feel pressure to have all the answers and get into “tell” mode to demonstrate their strength. They fail to realize how collaboration motivates and energizes employees. Collaboration can be powerful for leaders too. As a leader, you decide when to seek collaboration, who to bring together and the ground rules to leverage their best talents and strengths. So release some of that control. Collaboration leads to innovation — and that’s what great leaders do. Read Great Leaders Connect With Employees, Foster Collaboration and Embrace Continuous Change by Amy Fox for Entrepreneur.

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