Am at the Social Workplace conference this morning. I’m really looking forward to it so much so that I am writing a post at 6.30am on the train on the way into London.
Looks like today’s event will feature HR/internal comms type people who will be looking at how to make the workplace social.
The whole concept of ‘making this happen’ is an odd one. Why? Because you can’t tell people to be social (we are anyway and in any case what does that mean in the context of the workplace?)
No, what is interesting is the role we play in helping make the workplace more social. For the disciplines that form a part of what I’ll call the ‘machinery’ of the business (HR, L&D, internal comms) this won’t mean the traditional delivery of a service or traditional business support. It will mean enabling things to happen, removing barriers to people sharing, communicating and collaborating.
And to this end, these disciplines:
- Won’t make the workplace social
- Won’t have old models to help give them all the answers
- Won’t be surrounded by colleagues who’ve done this sort of thing before (unless you have a forward-thinking team, that is)
- Won’t use tech systems and software that limit communication and sharing
- Won’t be trying to make this happen in a top-down way – ‘We now have Yammer so please start using it’ just won’t work.
- Will enable people across the organisation to get more social
- Will have a deep understanding of social tools and provide expert advice on best tools to use
- Watch, learn and participate with colleagues who are getting more social
- Understand the best ways for collaborating based on individual, team and business needs
- Get comfortable with having less control of the process
- Provide space for discovery – we like finding things out, not just being told how to do things.
- Will lead by example and make sure their teams are doing this stuff first.
- Will understand the science/social science of how we share and like to be rewarded
- Will get better at being advocates, facilitators, promoters.
Just a few morning thoughts – excuse me if they are a bit rambly. I was lucky enough to help create a knowledge sharing event at a corporate – you can read about that here. Looking forward to what the speakers have to say.