Flexible or agile workplaces – with increased user mobility inside and outside of the workplace, alter the interactions and relationships between employees and teams. The subsequent reduction in visibility of employees and teams means that future ‘flexible leaders’ need to possess certain skills or competencies to effectively manage a flexible workforce. Thus, a prevalent question in workplace change management discussions is: What makes a successful leader in a flexible workplace? The answer: Successful leaders in flexible workplaces are similar to […]
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Operating a business in today’s knowledge economy means that knowledge management is paramount to remaining competitive. ‘Knowledge management’ is the strategic business process of managing the intangible intellectual capital, or assets, of the organisation to continuously improve effectiveness.
The educational environments that we develop and learn within shape our expectations of the work environments where we later work. The two environments are progressively becoming similar, as both fundamentally continue to support activities related to learning, focusing, collaborating and socialising.
‘A sense of belonging’ is the feeling of being included, accepted and connected to a community. By promoting this positive ‘feeling,’ companies can improve effectiveness: Employees that feel that they belong are more satisfied and motivated to perform better. For any company looking to promote a united and engaged workplace culture, finding ways to foster feelings of belongingness within their employees and teams is fundamental.
Anyone who has worked in an office environment for the last decade can attest to the noticeable difference in the workplace of today versus five or ten years ago – changes in how the workplace looks, feels, and how it operates. And with a robust set of micro and macro forces changing what we do and how we do it, transformations to the physical workplace have only just begun.
Over the next few weeks, WorkClimate will be exploring the topic of change management, and how it relates to the physical workplace. Join Schiavello Workplace Research Psychologist Keti Malkoski as she looks at change management as a tool for maximising the value of the workplace by encouraging the greatest contribution from the people who work there.
Physical workplaces are developed to support the work needs of a diverse range of employees and teams, and different types of work require different types of support. The four work modes that need to be supported by workplaces include focusing, learning, collaborating and socialising.