The New Workplace Weekly Digest 10/09

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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:

“The growth of the cloud will…

…have a profound impact on collaboration. Tomorrow, we believe that collaboration systems will be cloud based applications as the software is provided as a service (SaaS) to people as and when they need it”, Natalie Harris-Briggs believes. “The empty building is the logical conclusion of the journey towards cloud based computing; a building devoid of all infrastructure, software and processing power – in effect people will come into a building only to be with and work with other people. The empty building will be a collaborative space for teams, training, mentoring and socialising.”. Read her post for IT ProPortal Eight key principles for successful collaboration to learn more on the subject.

Sharing knowledge is one way of…

…bringing added value when it comes to building collaboration into daily business processes. “In a workplace with a ‘human operating system’ of course knowledge still has inestimable worth. But the real value of knowledge is harnessed when it’s shared – both internally and with clients. Productivity goes up, as does competitive advantage, when employees use knowledge sharing tools and practices. As well, this improved collaboration breaks down information silos and makes employees feel that management genuinely trusts them.” Gino Alberelli thinks. Read his Collins Barrow blog post We may deal in numbers, but it’s a people business to tap into the human economy.

People are the heart of collaboration…

…even with all the latest and greatest software and hardware, Boland Jones rightfully states. “All of the technology, best practices, cultural initiatives and methodologies are worthless if you can’t make them appeal to the people on the other end.”. “People don’t care about technology, they care about value. They don’t care what it is or how it works, all they want is to get their work done in the most effective way possible. If your new collaboration software enables that in an intuitive, unobtrusive and easy-to-learn way, great! They’ll fold it into their workflow.”. Read his post The Changing Definition of Collaboration on CIO to learn why no matter how many “-aaS” acronyms a tool has, it won’t help with the adoption rate.

The best employees get hired and…

…promoted for their people skills, not just their technical know-how. The ideal fit is someone who meshes with the company culture while also offering the expertise to get the job done, Harvey Deutschendorf – an emotional intelligence expert believes. “Exceptional employees don’t walk past a problem they could help solve simply because it isn’t in their job description. They see their roles more broadly than that, as chiefly about helping the team reach its goals. As a result, they’re always willing to give of their time and knowledge. When they see something that needs to be done, they step up and help out.”. Read his post 7 Traits That Will Get You Hired Or Promoted for FastCompany to learn more.

Why is collective knowledge important?…

…If we look at educational psychologist Säljö’s research on what adult students understand by knowledge, we’ll find out from the results that while some see learning as a “know that”, other see it as “know how”. The way we think of knowledge also reflects in the type of aptitudes that we grow. We have different skills and expertise and it’s only by collaborating that we can improve that skills set. And what better way to interact with each other when knowledge is concerned but by asking questions? Because asking equals knowing. Read out latest blog post How We Learn. Why Getting Work Done Will Require Asking Questions to learn why asking is a business tool.

Happy Knowledge Sharing!

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