The New Workplace Weekly Digest 10/16

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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:

A 2008 study on knowledge management…

…shows us the different reasons why companies seek to leverage knowledge management. And of these reasons is the lack of practices of protection and sharing of information and knowledge, leading the organization to a constant reinvention of the wheel and continuous duplication of efforts. Julie Mohr believes that if corporations do not develop a knowledge management strategy now, the information age will continue to evolve and bypass the corporation. Read her post Knowledge Management as a Strategy for IDM to learn more.

Social, interactive communications, and…

…collaboration technologies resulted in significant benefits, including a 15% increase in productivity across the average enterprise, 2%-4% increase in overall revenue, 21% reduction in email, and 16% decrease in meetings, a CMSWire survey found out. So it’s only normal that by 2017, cloud adoption is expected to hit $250 billion, with the worldwide software as a service (SaaS) market growing at a rate of 20.2% every year. Enterprise cloud adoption shows no signs of slowing down. Read Steve Lesley’s Why the culture shift is the most important factor in your cloud strategy for CloudTech to get the whole story.

“The problem with most workplace…

…collaboration technologies has been that to actually boost productivity, they have to be widely used, and they have to be widely trusted. If either of those is not true, employees fall back on phone and email.” Kira Makagon says. She continues by saying that in order to get work done, we need to communicate, and we need to collaborate. The distinction between the two will fade as we break down the barriers between different modes of interaction. Read Making Collaboration as Pervasive as Dial Tone, her post for Huffington Post to read all about it.

In today’s more open world, where the best…

…work is done by teams and communities, we need to rethink which skills have become the most valuable. Valuing team contributions, not ego stroking is one of the set of skills you can prioritize, train, and even reward as a way to build the kind of smart teamwork that’s going to give you a competitive edge, Jim Whitehurst believes. When you can recruit, train, and retain team members that display skills like these, you’ll wind up with better decisions, better engagement, better execution, and ultimately better results, so get to read his article 3 Ways to Encourage Smarter Teamwork published in Harvard Business Review to get the details.

Developments in communication technologies…

…have enabled employees to become collaborative regardless of geographical locations, so it’s easier than ever to harness greater engagement amongst flexible workers. When developing a strategy, Ricky Butler says, it is important to consider the three critical areas that enable greater workplace collaboration. Known as the “collaboration trifecta”, ideal collaboration occurs at the intersection of culture, technology and workspace design. “Ultimately, to ensure collaboration for workers across the board, simplicity is key.” he concludes. Read Stop, collaborate and listen: Five tips for fostering enterprise collaboration to get more on the story.

Happy Knowledge Sharing!


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