The New Workplace Weekly Digest 08/14

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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:

Mobility, social software, cloud-based…

…services, new devices and a flood of big data are changing the way we work and placing new demands on the workplace. business leaders must ensure they invest in technology that empowers workers with collaboration rather than fostering isolation, if they want to grow. Businesses rely on technology on a daily basis for all manner of work purposes, but now companies must look at how technology can help their workspace and ensure they are getting the best out of what they’ve got. Read Ben Rossi’s Technology and the workplace of the future for Information Age to get more of this story.

Silos can become impenetrable “underground…

…positions” so fortified that no one outside is invited in – including the business teams they were meant to serve, or support. Hessie Jones writes about her silo-employee experience since she was working for one of her former employers. “When employees interact poorly with people outside of their ‘silo,’ it becomes difficult to do the work of the business.” She says. Read more about her experience and how silos can damage your organization in her post for Switch&Shift, A Revealing Look at the Impact of Silos.

Groups take on a character of their own…

…that’s distinct from the individual natures of their members according to psychologists at MIT, Carnegie Mellon, and Union College. This means they have an intelligence of their own. Groups aren’t always better; our own life experience (and plenty of research) shows that some groups are utterly dysfunctional and achieve nothing. But when they work, they’re superior. Also, as the world grows more complex, more tasks are being handled by groups. Read more on the subject from Geoff Colvin’s article The Science Behind Team Intelligence for FastCompany.

Remote workers spend 9.5 percent…

…more time working than their office-based counterparts and are 13 percent more productive according to recent statistics. But before you jump on the remote-employee bandwagon, there are a few things you’ll want to consider to make the transition as smooth as possible. There are five lessons Eric Sue has learned from capitalizing on this powerful work arrangement for the past five years. One of these five lessons is to use the right collaboration tools. Get to know the rest by reading his article 5 Lessons From 5 Years of Managing Remote Workers for Entrepreneur.

All types of knowledge are valuable…

…but that’s a lesson that most organizations learn the hard way, most precisely when employees leave and their knowledge is lost once they’re out that door. Both implicit and explicit knowledge transfer can be easily managed with the help of social software platforms that are information exchange oriented, making the know-what and the know-how documentation and communication available within organizations, no matter time zones, geography dispersion or set of skills. Read our latest post Implicit and Explicit Knowledge – Capture, Centralize and Communicate It to learn more on the subject.

Happy Knowledge Sharing!

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