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Workplace Survey, Findings

1.Workers are struggling to work effectively. 

When focus is compromised in pursuit of Collaboration, neither works well.

2. Effective workplaces balance focus and collaboration. 

Workplaces designed to enable collaboration without sacrificing employees’ ability to focus are more successful.

3. Choice drives performance and innovation. 

Employers who provide a spectrum of choices for when and where to work are seen as more innovative and have higher-performing employees.

 

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HOW TO BUILD A COLLABORATIVE WORKPLACE ENVIRONMENT

When too many people in a company lack collaborative skills there is a very low trust, high blame, un-supportive workplace. People are less open, so it is more difficult to solve problems. They avoid risk taking because if anything goes wrong someone will get blamed.

When IBM was picking their next generation of leaders, all the people they picked had a skill that IBM called "collaborative influence." It's the ability to get people to do things when you don't control their salary; i.e., they do so simply because you have a good relationship. When Bell Labs looked closely at the difference between their good employees and the real stars, they found that the stars were adept at building collaborative networks. They knew who they could call when they had a problem. Other people were willing to help out because of the relationships that had been built.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 March 2013 00:18
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