Smart But Reluctant: How To Encourage Your Employees To Share Their Knowledge

Encourage employees to share knowledge

It’s not easy to create an office environment where knowledge sharing is a common practice.

One of the most common barriers to sharing knowledge is fear of rejection. If employees think that their ideas will be rejected, they are far less likely to share them. Another problem that inhibits knowledge sharing at the workplace is the hierarchical structure prevalent in many office environments.

Now that you know what the two biggest obstacles to knowledge sharing are, here are 7 tips to help you encourage employees to share their knowledge with others and build an open environment for knowledge exchange that will drive innovation.

1. Learn what’s their passion

It is common for employees to have their most and least favorite parts of a job. There may be areas about which they feel especially passionate and excited. Identify these areas and find a way for employees to spend more of their energy there. You will be rewarded with a higher quality of work and potential pathways for knowledge sharing. For example, a successful social media manager may be able to share their methodology that will benefit other areas of your marketing department.

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Want to Build a Culture of Innovation? Give Your Employees More Autonomy

culture of innovation

What kind of workplaces promote innovation?

You can expect employees to drive innovation in environments where there are fewer bureaucratic restraints and many opportunities for calculated risk. Innovation can only happen with a well-structured management system in place. Otherwise, experimentation can become too risky and great ideas might not get implemented.

In a survey by McKinsey, 94% of senior executives said that it’s the people and corporate culture that drive innovation.

Hierarchical structures where the decision-maker is difficult to reach and the decision-making process is not transparent do not foster innovation. That’s why employees need a degree of autonomy to execute actions and set their innovation goals.

Employee autonomy and accountability are the foundation for innovation.

These two values provide the essential framework that supports the innovation process among employees. An autonomous workplace gives individuals and teams ownership of their ideas and grants them the freedom to make key decisions.

Here are 5 tips to help you build a culture of innovation that gives your employees more autonomy.

Explain the ‘why’ behind the goal

The first step for managers who want to instill a greater autonomy among their employees is to explain why the goal assigned to the team has value. Most often, managers tell their employees what they need to do, failing to explain why it’s important or how it fits into the larger picture.

It’s hard to commit to a goal if you don’t see why it’s a good idea in the first place. The value of the goal might not be as obvious to your team as it is to you. So make sure to explain the ‘why’ behind the goal and help employees understand how their actions contribute to the overarching goals of the organization.

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How to Use Videos to Increase Employee Engagement and Collaboration

How videos help employee engagement

Recent research from Gallup revealed that employee engagement worldwide oscillates around 15%.

That’s 2% more than stated in the 2013 report from the same company called the State of the Global Workplace.

During the last four years, employers didn’t do much to boost the engagement of workers. The vast majority of professionals are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and not very likely to be productive. Only a very small number of workers is committed to their jobs and making positive contributions to their organizations. You can only imagine the estimated economic impact of that situation.

Still, there is a reason to be hopeful. There many organizations that are now taking a closer look at employee productivity because of the sheer benefits that come with high engagement. It’s not only about productivity, but also customer ratings and profitability, reduced absenteeism and turnover, as well as fewer safety incidents, when compared to companies with low employee engagement.

So how do you boost employee engagement at your company? One good strategy relates to the use of video. Here are 4 ways to help you use videos to boost employee engagement and collaboration at your organization.

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