How A More Informal Workplace Translates Into Greater Productivity
In many publications and online articles, we see discussions about good practices in the workplace, such as the best way to get the most out of your employees or how to lead a productive team. Many of these examples include a very formal structure for corporate governance. However, with the emergence of new and efficient technologies, companies may see more benefit in creating a less formal workplace, and this doesn’t mean having more Hawaiian shirt days!
Here are two reasons a more informal workplace can be a more productive workplace (and of course, it all starts with an enterprise social network!):
1) Improved Feedback and Communication Structure
Giving and receiving feedback is an essential function in any company. Typically feedback is given in a vertical and more hierarchical structure; the boss tells his employees what needs to be done, and because of the formality of a corporate structure, feedback rarely works in the opposite direction.
In addition, the way in which feedback is given, aside from being a much more top-down approach, is simply inefficient.
Long email chains, lack of rapid communication between different teams/sectors, and inability to receive fast information from various sources are just a few examples of inefficient feedback in traditional structures.
These formal structures limit the flexibility, efficiency, and overall ability to stay competitive in a dynamic and quickly changing business environment.
With an enterprise social network, this is not the case. Feedback is instant. More importantly, feedback is instant between as many participators or groups as need be. Everyone is located on the same network. You can easily include as many or as little people on a particular project as needed.
The fact that everyone is located on the same network, it creates a more horizontal way of doing business: less formal and more effective.
Ideas are created more easily and executed faster with a larger amount of participants.
Enterprise social networks have the ability to harness the group intelligence and creativity of a company through a more informal and less rigid way of collaborating.
2) Happier employees = More productive employees
People work better when they care; this is no surprise. Creating a sense of community and belonging is essential for a healthy and innovative business environment. This does not mean that work time becomes play time. Of course not. But a loosening of a rigid corporate structure can produce a friendlier environment, a larger sense of community and common purpose, and thus more productive employees.
This is where an enterprise social network comes in. The ESN establishes a common platform for employees. It allows people to communicate efficiently throughout the entire process of executing a task.
More people working together towards a common objective leads to increased innovation, higher productivity, and a healthier business environment: a virtuous cycle indeed!
ESNs are an extremely effective tool for creating a more informal work environment centered on the actual work and business of a company.
There are many benefits for businesses to begin adopting more informal practices. With new technologies available such as enterprise social networks, there is no need for the antiquated and stiff corporate governance structure. Companies today must be flexible; they must adapt to the rapidly changing business environment; and they must harness the power of each member of their team to successfully lead their businesses. In this day and age, informal translates to more productivity.