The New Workplace Weekly Digest 07/08/2016

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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:

“Digitally-stored intelligence can be…

…easily, accurately and instantly shared with others. Over two-thirds of the business professionals surveyed believe that company networks and devices are ideal for sharing their business knowledge with others for the purpose of collective thinking. Without new ideas a company cannot survive. Information on its own, whether locked in our mind or stored on a device, is inert – its energy only released when it combines with others to spark an idea, before spreading outwards to combine with other ideas to drive innovation.” Read Why forgetting is good for business by David Emm, Principal Security Researcher, Kaspersky Lab for ITProPortal.

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that…

…it is people who make a company. But the hiring market, especially within the knowledge worker space, is no longer just local. Thanks to technology, it is often borderless. People, with the right technology, can work from anywhere. By now, the conversation about adapting collaboration software should not be a question of ‘if’, but ‘how’. After all, over half (57%) of knowledge workers state they now use on-demand tools for teamwork or collaboration. It is now the expectation that a business provides workers with pre-approved and intuitive technology. However, with the swarm of different solutions out there, it is essential you choose the right tools for your team. Getting it wrong can impact productivity instead of enhancing it.” Read The workplace is changing, so how can you? by Trevor Connell for ITProPortal.

“Today millennials are doused in smart technology…

…and when it comes to work they demand state-of-the-art technology from their employers-one that is not rigid or burdened by legacy systems. Organizations that have recognized this trend have already started transitioning towards a digital workplace model. f you look at it more closely, companies are already digital, but they are digital in silos. Collaboration at workplace started with the Intranet, however it doesn’t cater to all business needs. Your front-line employees might be logging on to your intranet or the attendance system or outlook for routine official tasks, but is it helping them to be more productive at work? How do you ensure that they have ready access to all company information and ensure collaboration on the go?” Read How millennials are transforming traditional workplace into a digital one by Express Computer.

“Meet Jane – She’s a smart, motivated mid-level…

…manager trained in design thinking and always looking for fresh, innovative ways to get things done. But Jane works in a large “traditional” company, and not everyone in the organization thinks like her. Instead, her company approaches projects through the same comfortable, streamlined execution they have used for decades. Jane’s efforts are seen as a threat to the status quo, Despite the resistance, Jane deeply believes the organization would benefit from a culture that more attentively listens to “intrapreneurs”, encourages collaboration, inspires creativity and embodies empathy. How can we help Jane (or someone like Jane) overcome barriers to be an effective agent of change within their organization and foster a culture of innovation?” Janaki Kumar, ‎Head of Strategic Design Services at SAP gives us three tips to get started. Read Janaki’s article 3 Tips To Become A More Effective Change Agent on Forbes.

“Helping people collaborate successfully has been the core…

…of my work for two decades.“ Petra Kuenkel says. She continues: “If things got difficult, if crises emerged, I found a way to get all the actors back into a collaborative space. If people refused to talk with one another or work together, I gently guided them into listening to others. If people were drowning in a cumbersome cooperation structure, I revived their passion for the larger goal. What intrigued me was discovering how little we actually knew about when collaboration worked and why. Could we identify which ingredients would lead to better co-creation? Rarely. So I began to ask a question — across cultures, sectors, initiatives and thematic areas: Can you remember a situation when a group of committed actors led collectively toward an issue of common concern?”. Read The 6 commandments of successful collaboration, an excerpt from Petra’s book, “The Art of Leading Collectively.”

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