From healthcare to government to education, it’s clear that we need a new way forward to make the world truly more open and connected. It sometimes seems like “business as usual” is still making it difficult for people to really feel like they are collaborating and communicating to get things done.
When we hear the words “more open and connected,” we typically think of social media and open floor plans.
Sustainability: Work from anywhere
Employees aren’t connecting over ping pong tables, and open floor plans aren’t making teams any more open with one another. Organizations become more open and connected simply through employee happiness. In a world with a population surpassing 7.5 billion people, with approximately 200,000 people moving into the world’s cities every day, building remote teams that work from anywhere is more important than ever in order to sidestep the pollution of dysfunctional daily travel that has spun out of control in virtually every city across America.
Become more sustainable by using messaging apps like Slack and HipChat, and video conferencing, to transform your employees’ home offices into productivity powerhouses.
Inclusion: Listen to everyone
Diversity awareness is on the rise, not only because we have put a human face to it, but also because diverse teams that collaborate closely are proven to be more innovative in the workplace. Today, success in business at all levels is innovation-driven and relationship-driven, not task-driven. A lack of diversity results in hive-mind and group-think, which is ultimately counterproductive.
Opening your doors to inclusion can make your organization more open and connected by considering — and acting on — fresh-faced perspectives from a larger and more diverse pool of minds, experience, and worldviews. Besides bonding over victories, nothing builds trust and connection among teams quite like people feeling that their own unique voices are being heard in a consistent and successful way.
Transparency: Learn from anyone
Today’s business world is flattening out, with a focus on meritocracy, and a distaste for the Industrial Era top-down hierarchy that defined the workplace for the Baby Boomer generation. One of the main reasons why key employees can become disconnected and demotivated is because they feel like they are out of the communications loop, or that communicating is too complex — they may feel a lack of ownership, because they may not feel a sense of transparency about where they are headed and why. Task-wise, miscommunication happen (an enemy of openness) all the time because of a lack of transparency in a number of workflow scenarios.
Carl Kruse believes that any team can quickly and easily come together and collaborate over these concepts. It’s true that social media can over-simplify our communications, and that open floor plans aren’t all that seamless —
if you are looking to create a more open and connected company, think outside the box and try to bake these three ideas into the foundation of your culture.
Originally posted at https://www.entrepreneur.com