The New Workplace Weekly Digest 08/07

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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:

Employees want their work communications…

…supported by tools that behave like the consumer apps they use every day. And they should be able to collaborate across silos with experts in any group. A survey of several hundred companies found that social, interactive communications and collaboration technologies resulted in significant benefits, like 15 percent increase in productivity across the average enterprise and 21 percent reduction in email. Read John Schneider’s How to Get Your Employees to Connect and Collaborate for CMSWire to get more on the subject.

There are 4 basic ideas of Knowledge Management:…

…learn from experience, innovate (try out new ideas), share knowledge, apply best practices. Collaborating, helping each other, sharing what you know so everyone gets the benefit are great for every company and hardly anyone who would vote against “learn, innovate, share and apply”, so why does it go wrong? Robert Taylor believes that one of the problems is that the benefit comes later and more and more the mantra of today is “I want it now”. And he shares other clues we should look into – read his article Knowledge Management is impossible to know what they are.

A true digital workplace brings together…

…applications, information, and collaboration in an intelligent context that is tailored to an individual employee’s role, location, and tasks. This is how companies can continue to drive revenues, attract and retain talent, and outperform the competition in a hyper-connected world. The pace of technology innovation is accelerating, so focus and agility are key. Embracing collaboration is one of the three steps Sarah Adam-Gedge suggest for transforming to a digital workplace. Read her article Becoming a digital workplace in order to learn how to improve productivity and competitive advantage in a hyper-connected world.

Employees come and go and retention is…

…a concern many companies have, so from a business perspective, you should find means to protect your team and company from losing knowledge assets that will walk out the door once people decide to. In every company there are two types of knowledge – explicit (knowledge that can be formalized in some type of document) and tacit (the know-how rooted in personal experience) and most part of it can be protected. A good starting point is to document it. And Denise O’Berry agrees – read her post Protect Your Team From Knowledge Asset Loss for Business2Community.

Organizations have lifecycles. As they evolve…

…and mature, the competencies and approach needed must also evolve, making it necessary for them to adapt and learn. Continuous learning at the individual and organizational level is therefore critical for the survival and success. Learning is a dynamic process and not a one directional imparting of knowledge. All successful organizations are built and sustained by engaged and competent teams and to get it, it requires individuals and organizations to cultivate curiosity and continuous learning as inherent characteristics. Read Ways your team can learn faster for The Times of India to learn more.

Happy Knowledge Sharing!


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