Steps to Re-Imagine and Reinvent Your Workplace

HR Happy Hour 256- Steps to Re-Imagine and Reinvent Your Workplace

Hosts: Steve BoeseTrish McFarlane

Guest: Jeanne Meister

This week on the show, Steve and Trish were joined by Jeanne Meister.  Jeanne is a Partner at Future Workplace, a firm dedicated to re-thinking, re-imagining and re-inventing the workplace. Jeanne is the receipt of the Distinguished Contribution in Workplace Learning Award, an award given by Association For Talent Development to one executive each year honoring their body of work. She is also a Contributor to Forbes Magazine.  She is the co-author of the best selling book, The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop & Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today.

Steve and Trish talked with Jeanne about the importance of thinking ahead, about identifying important trends in workplaces, and how HR and business leaders can be ready for the future. We also talked about the panel Jeanne will be leading at the upcoming HR Technology Conference in October, on ‘The Consumerization of HR’.

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Social Learning: A Panel Discussion at HR Technology Conference

I feel like I came “home” today.  I’m currently sitting in the Social Learning session at the HR Technology Conference.  Led by moderator Jeanne Meister (Partner, Future Workplace), this panel is discussing how they each use social media tools both in their professional and personal lives.  Panelists include:

  • Robert Campbell (VP & CLO, Cerner Corporation)
  • Don McLaughlin, (CLO, Cisco)
  • Laurence Smith (VP, Global L&D, LG Electronics)
  • Susan Steele (National TD Director, Deloitte)

Social media literacy is going to be the future that companies will need to embrace.  There are currently very few organizations that offer social media training of any kind.  So, the question becomes how do we sell the idea of social learning to our CEO’s? Laurence Smith said he would not sell social learning per se, he would sell the business solution to a need that keeps the CEO up at night.  Telling the CEO how you are going to be able to bring something to market more quickly or reducing time from discovery to adoption (per Campbell) you will be able to set the stage for why it makes sense to use social media tools before you go in and sell the idea of using social media tools.

By embracing the idea of having a world of available resources to support your business model, you will find that you don’t necessarily have to retool your organization for social learning.  You just have to be open to embrace it.  Susan Steele shared that Deloitte is finding success embracing social tools to connect their employees globally, especially in light of the fact that approximately 20% of their employees are in India.  It’s not just about having the latest technology, it’s about having a strategy on how and why to use it.  They are using their own internal networking site called “D Street” which allows them to provide networking capabilities, they have invested in webcams, hi-def tele-suites, and many other innovative approaches to encourage adoption.  It’s the power of personal testimonials that drive the adoption at Deloitte.

I find it interesting and very positive that the panel’s focus is not on the tools themselves, but on the reasons to use them.  It’s all about communicating in an effective way with more people.  It’s about being able to create and grow a relationship with a colleague half way across the world.  As more organizations begin using virtual teams, it will be the way to design solutions more quickly.

I’m encouraged to hear more and more organizations being highlighted for using tools such as microblogging, video, wikis, and other mainstream social tools.  Kudos to the HR Technology Conference for bringing in executives who are LIVING in this new world. The future is TODAY.  Make sure you and your organization are not falling behind.