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As organizations become more global, adopt matrixed structures, offer increasingly complex products and services, and enable 24/7 communication, they are requiring employees to collaborate with more internal colleagues and external contacts than ever before. According to research from Connected Commons, most managers now spend 85% or more of their work time on e-mail, in meetings, and on the phone, and the demand for such activities has jumped by 50% over the past decade.
Companies benefit, of course: Faster innovation and more-seamless client service are two by-products of greater collaboration. But along with all this comes significantly less time for focused individual work, careful reflection, and sound decision making. The work-life balance is still among the most important things in a job environment, so how can companies create an environment that enables productivity and efficiency without driving employees towards burnout?
Facebook this morning announced the launch of a new set of educational resources focused on helping young people think critically and behave thoughtfully online. The Digital Literacy Library, as the new site is being called, is aimed at educators of children aged 11 to 18, and address topics like privacy, reputation, identity exploration, security, safety, wellbeing and more.
There are 830 million young people online, the company notes, which is why digital literacy is necessary. We’ve seen the results what can happen when people are lacking in digital literacy – they’re susceptible to believing hoaxes, propaganda and fake news is true; they risk their personal data by using insecure apps; they become addicted to social media and its feedback loop of likes; they bully and/or are bullied; and they don’t take steps to protect their online reputation which can have real-world consequences. So, what’s the first step we all need to take in the right direction?
Facebook is here to help!
The way many of us work has changed considerably in recent years. More flexible ways of working are on the rise, with people shifting where they work and when they work. Managed properly the benefits are clear to see, from increased productivity to improved staff morale and better retention, all of which have a positive impact on the business bottom line.
For all those who can work more flexibly though – and want to – there are still many who don’t, often for reasons that are beyond their control, such as a company culture that dismisses progressive practices such as remote working, in favor of demanding people travel into the office each day. In short, millions of workers are regularly being denied the opportunity to work more productively due to outdated attitudes, misunderstanding and poor communication.
Companies should really start reading the ‘Manifesto for Smarter Working’…
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