The New Workplace Weekly Digest 12/04

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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:

83% depend on technology to collaborate…

…and 82% would be impacted by the loss of collaboration technology. Technology is necessary for effective collaboration and that’s one of the key finding of a recent survey conducted by Dimensional Report. Also, collaboration is essential to knowledge workers since the same report shows that 98% of connected employees collaborate and 94% say collaboration is important. Today’s most productive knowledge workers — business professionals who are contributing, sharing insight and experiences, participating in decision making, and influencing change — are a company’s true competitive advantage. Read the Collaboration Trends and Technology – A Survey of Knowledge Workers report to learn the rest of the findings.

A company may hire the most skilled employees…

…in the job market or be equipped with the most efficient technology for its operations. However, these resources are nothing when not driven by excellent collaboration, which drives success even during times of limited resources. Each member of a team must be heard out by group members who are eager to understand and each is considered unique, has valuable experiences, points of view, and knowledge that deserve to be heard. This is what Amit Raizada, founder and CEO of investment firm Spectrum Business Ventures believes about teamwork dynamics. Read his post Achieving synergy: Why invest in the power of collaboration to get a better picture on the subject.

Different capabilities will be expected of…

…existing and new workers – including fundamental competencies that go far beyond obvious technical skills like data management, analytics and technology know-how, Regina Javier, Solution Marketing Director for Engineering & Technology at Elsevier R&D Solutions believes. Forwards, she shares 4 skills that will help engineers compete and deliver in an age of smart manufacturing: Systems Thinking, Data Savviness, Collaboration and Communication and Adaptability. Related to collaboration, she says that “companies must more than ever facilitate peer interactions that fuel innovation. The shift away from ‘hands-on’ physical tasks likely also means that remote working scenarios will become even more ubiquitous, requiring workers to have more and different collaboration and communication skills.”. Read her blog post The 4th Industrial Revolution: Must-Have Skills for Engineers to learn more on the subject.

Increasingly enterprise users feel they…

..are more productive at work home than they are at work since the diverse ecosystem of apps changed how we communicate and collaborate with our family, friends and acquaintances. The good news is that enterprise collaboration tools are adopting features that make consumer tools so valuable, replicating it for professional day to day tasks. IT departments tend to be skilled at technical implementations, but what they lack are essential skills in change management and communication. And these are the skills that are critical to drive adoption of tools, Aspi Havewala, Director of Workplace Technologies and Collaboration at Motorola Solutions believes. Collaboration impacts how employees work and directly impacts a company’s culture. A change management first approach builds a community of engaged employees. Read his post Change Management is the key to Enterprise Collaboration Tools to better understand his approach.

Agile adoptions struggle and fail when…

…culture, mindset and behaviors do not shift to help people to be their best self, Selena Delesie said when asked what in your opinion makes leadership so important for agile and why does it matter. “Success follows when teams adopt the core agile values of people first, collaboration, taking action to create working software, and adaptability. These folks stop waiting for others to take the lead, and start leading from within their teams. They start BEING agile, rather than just DOING agile. Everyone steps up to be the best they can be for themselves and their teammates. They have a growth mindset, take courageous action, find joy in their daily work, connect with people, help others, and flow through change. These people are leaders. Agile or not, teams filled with true leaders like this are highly engaged, happy, and successful.” Read the rest of the interview Leadership Principles for Agile Organizations conducted by Ben Linders for InfoQ to learn the principles that help organizations to gain a competitive edge.

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