The New Workplace Weekly Digest 09/18

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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:

“Online collaboration tools can offer…

…a structured platform to employees to express their viewpoints and ideas. Collaborative work can attain magical solutions to the most pertinent issues within an organization. The power of group thinking can be utilized through these platforms, which can be the driving engine to create leaderships. The fact that teamwork and unity can create wonders even in corporate verticals can be best realized through online collaborations.” concludes Saif Ahmad. Read his article for BusinessWorld Enterprise Networking Optimizing Employee Productivity to get more on the subject.

“When workers brainstorm together…

…ideas blossom into game-changing strategies. Teamwork brings about many positive changes in the workplace; greater productivity, more effective use of available resources, and improvements in problem-solving — to name a few. Collaboration fosters a creative environment. When workers are allowed to be creative and share ideas with others, they feel a greater sense of inclusion and community. They feel like they are part of something bigger than just simply punching in and receiving a paycheck.” Adam Greenwald states. Read his post 3 Tips to Boost Workplace Morale for Huffington Post to get closer to employee engagement.

“Employers that focus on influencing…

…employees through trust and collaboration instead of power and authority have a better chance of engaging employees and keeping their best talent happy.” says Andre Lavoie. Ninety-one percent of the respondents of a Harris Poll survey by Interact agreed poor communication was dragging managers down. Employees cited failure to recognize employee achievements (63 percent), not having time to meet with employees (52 percent), refusing to speak with subordinates (51 percent). Read Andre’s latest post for Entrepreneur Instead of Flexing Authority, Leaders Should Influence Employees for some fast leadership best practices.

One of the conditions necessary for Knowledge Management…

…success in organizations is real recognition of the value of knowledge sharing and reuse for both the individual as well as for the organization. “All too often KM programs have pitched the benefits of expertise reuse to retain organizational knowledge, leaving the individuals to continue to ask, “what’s in it for me?” And why shouldn’t there be something in it for the individual to offer their expertise, or to reuse another’s experience? If organizations acquire the best and brightest, shouldn’t it be expected that those same people hold dear to what they know in order to distinguish themselves from the rest? Similarly, do the best and brightest feel comfortable asking questions of others?” argues Jim Lee. If you’d like to get the answer to that, read his article The death of the chief knowledge officer for KM World.

The lack of formal recognition of information…

…as a balance sheet asset “manifests in most organizations that collect, manage, deploy and value their information with far less discipline than they manage traditional balance sheet assets. Accountants and valuation experts lament the challenges in valuing a company today without any data on its data. Mr. Laney shared, “The head of information strategy for a major government institution proclaimed to me, ‘We have a better accounting of the toilets in the building than our information.”’. In order for an organization to become information-savvy, it must begin by internally recognizing information as an actual asset. Read Heather Levy’s article Why and How to Value Your Information as an Asset for Gartner to get more on this topic.

Happy Knowledge Sharing!

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