The New Workplace Weekly Digest 07/24

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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:

Today’s employees expect that their leaders…

…will teach them new skills and that’s exactly the reason why Disney Institute shares how leaders are held accountable for sharing knowledge with their Cast. More than half of employees interviewed feel their leader lacks the necessary skills to effectively manage his or her staff according to the recently released Workforce 2020 study. The key principle here is that great leadership requires a deep, personal commitment to continuous learning. Read Continuous Learning (and Sharing) Make Great Leadership in to learn more about it.

The innate ability and desire to collaborate…

…virtually with others is characteristic for Gen Z employees. As PricewaterhouseCooper’s Donovan puts it, “From figuring out expense reports to getting talent development feedback, they want information to be instant and in 200 characters or less.”. Fully 41 percent of this generation said the best workplace technology will help them get answers to questions faster, and 25 percent want tools to help them develop skills, according to a Randstad survey. Read Sarah Fister Gale’s Forget Gen Y: Are You Ready for Gen Z? for CloMedia to tap into the subject.

Lateral growth, a team’s ability to branch out…

…in ways that are not limited to one particular field or direction is the mentality into the flat organizational structure that Jerry Jao seeks to uphold in his company. He believes that instead of the traditional vertical trajectory of specialized expertise, lateral growth urges development in multiple areas of knowledge. Plus, team members are encouraged to work and grow together, instilling a collaborative mindset. Read his article Why You Should Encourage Lateral Growth In Your Team for Forbes to better understand this management practice.

Collaboration means people working together to…

…achieve a common goal. This is how Jed Cawthorne starts the W5H basic model in the collaboration context (What, Who, Why, Where, When and How). He believes that some technologies will fit better with your existing culture, your existing ways of working, and if you can implement a tool that complements your environment, then adoption should be higher and efficient collaboration may result. If you’re having troubles with the adoption process for a collaboration tool, you can’t miss his article A Little Bit of Collaboration Culture Goes a Long Way for CMSWire.

When employees leave, they take 70% of their knowledge…

…with them, a report by TalentWise found. That’s why turnover is so costly, as to replace an employee, it costs up to 150% of the annual salary associated with that position, same study reports. Another survey from Globoforce discovered that 55% of workers say they would leave their current jobs for a company that clearly recognizes its employees’ efforts and contributions – so recognition is part of the retention process. Read David Niu’s Using Recognition to Keep Remote Employees Engaged for Business2Community to get more tips on the subject.

Happy Knowledge Sharing!

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