The reason why I brought up Chess is because like Chess, your workplace has different generations – like different pieces – with different wants and needs, and just like Chess, your employees and coworkers can feel like a behemoth of a challenge to facilitate growth, so you just let them grow distinct from one another.
Embrace Collaboration: A major global architecture, design and consulting firm recently published its 2008 Workplace Survey for the U.S. Among its salient points, the survey noted that success in a knowledge economy requires a workplace defined by varied and dynamic interactions. Productivity is no longer characterized by long hours of solitary research, analysis, writing and creating with the occasional break to confer with colleagues. In today’s most successful companies, more time is spent collaborating, learning and socializing.
IBM recently produced a white paper entitled, “The New Collaboration: Enabling Innovation, Changing the Workplace.” According to the IBM document, “People increasingly work in places other than their offices – and on teams that draw expertise from virtually anywhere in the world. They access applications, data and subject matter experts live and across networks – and others tap into the same information. They employ whatever end-user device is right for the job to improve productivity –while enhancing the work experience for themselves and their employees. Today, collaboration is the name of the game.”
It’s not always easy to balance the desire for privacy with the need to collaborate. Interaction has to be “designed in” not only as discrete areas for large and small meetings, but by creating an entire environment conducive to communication, creativity and innovation. As an example, if one has to book a conference room in order to meet with fellow team members, the opportunity for collaboration may be lost. Companies require design that invites contact and participation throughout.
To summarize this report, the best chess players don’t accidently become the best. It’s through constant attention and growth; understanding how to use their pieces most effectively; and how to plan through losses and changes succinctly that make them the best.
A huge shout-out to Teknion and their investigative prowess in ‘Workplace One’. Checkmate.