The New Workplace Weekly Digest 09/25

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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:

Social collaboration platforms…

…democratize content creation and information sharing, Jed Cawthorne says. He also believes that organizations cannot enact a knowledge management enabled strategy without good information management, and that social collaboration platforms or social intranets have a role to play. Starting from Claire McInerney’s definition for Knowledge Management, (“KM is an effort to increase useful knowledge within an organization.”), he takes us to Dion Hinchcliffe’s FLATNESSES E2.0 model in his recent article for CMSWire, Social, to Knowledge Management’s Rescue? that’s a must-read for all organizations that understand the importance of using a Km system.

Knowledge will be the currency…

…of the future, and sharing it quickly and effectively will be vital to company success, Holger Reisinger, Jabra Senior Vice President says. Trying to peer into the future of workplace collaboration, he concludes that this future will be a place where an ever-increasing need for knowledge and speed will meet the technologies and flexible corporate policies to make business success happen. Looking at the kids of today, the way they interact, the devices they use and the values they hold dear, he states that these behaviors will strongly influence tomorrow’s companies and collaborative environment. Read his blog post A Look Into The Future Of Collaboration to learn more.

The age of silo thinking at work…

…is a trend that has led to a string of corporate disasters. But Gillian Tett believes there’s a way around the perpetuation of silos that stifle progress in this digital age. Many large organizations are divided, and then subdivided into numerous different departments, which often fail to talk to each other, let alone collaborate. People often live in separate mental and social “ghettos”, talking and coexisting only with “people like us”, so silos proliferate. And that’s a waste of resources. Read Gillian’s article Why the silo effect makes us stupid for AFR Weekend to learn the tales of the problems that silos can pose and why you should welcome collaboration instead.

Building a more agile, digital-savvy…

…workforce to compete (not only) in the IoT economy should be a concern for all businesses. The workforce must evolve from point-in-time learning to continual learning, acquiring new and relevant skills and expertise. Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, Vice president and general manager at Cisco Services has some tips for the organizations that want to build the workforce of the future. One of these tips is to invest in the right tools to foster organic, employee-driven collaboration and non-traditional learning and up-skilling. Doing so will enable your most valuable asset — your people — to glean from the collective knowledge, experience and skills of the wider talent pool. Read the other five tips in her article for Huffington Post Are You Investing in the Workforce of the Future? Or the Workforce of Yesterday?.

Successful workplaces will depend on…

…eight core principles to enable effective collaboration for Millennials, Generation Z and beyond. The move to a different style of work requires integrated thinking between the three key pillars of any organization – its people, its workplaces and its technologies. Ben Rossi presents a different set of behaviors that should be established – such as collaborative work – with new processes supported by innovative infrastructure. And one of the behaviors he suggests is migrating to the cloud, as the growth of the cloud will have a profound impact on collaboration – the systems will be cloud-based applications as the software is provided as a service (SaaS) to people as and when they need it. Read his Post for Information Age The top 8 ingredients that will form the workplace of the future to learn more.

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