Together is more

Our society, especially the economy, located in a continuous process of development of an industrial style to a knowledge-based society. The proportion of manual routine tasks in the world of work ever goes back and makes today have significantly less than a quarter of the overall processes. In equal measure, the proportion of knowledge workers in the enterprise increases. Over a third of the activities can be associated today this area. A trend that will continue, the knowledge work is a vital factor for the company with product quality or individually created solutions can maintain its market position. In some organizations, such as around high-tech companies and software developers, financial service providers and research institutes, the knowledge work dominated long all structures and processes.

Factor of production knowledge

Knowledge work is based first and foremost on individual thought processes, but also more demands on people. It is not a unique, complete learning process as a Bachelor, but calls continuously revising and improving their knowledge base of its protagonists. This development takes place individually within the meaning of success and because of the complexity of each Department but also in a productive interaction with colleagues, or in the entirety of a company. Although knowledge workers that are individualists, not together or one after the other to a common product such as workers on the Assembly line without another, effective teams can be from them form.

New impulses for a project or a problem position result mainly from the interaction of different experts or the inclusion of external knowledge workers. Classic, rigid corporate structures such as departments or pyramidal hierarchies are always permeable and finally disappear. Knowledge-based companies are flat and educate agile systems. Management tasks are redistributed from the top to the base. Every single knowledge worker is at the same time manager of his range and Communicator in the team and in the enterprise.

Approaches to the implementation of knowledge work teams

The large-scale study of Hays has made it 2012 very clearly to knowledge work in companies. For exchange between knowledge workers and their networking, you saw respondents still considerable pent-up demand for the companies. Databases cross-cutting knowledge management seem established, while social media in this area often encounters skepticism.

Deferred time or themed project work has proven to be important practical tool for organized knowledge work. You reached their greatest effectiveness when the teams of employees with different ages and skill levels and from different departments or levels of the hierarchy. A widest involvement of existing knowledge resources promotes the success of the project. There is a powerful allround team of individual specialists.

The organisation of work is always very traditionally characterized according to the Hays study. Who wants to organize teams of knowledge workers today, should be guided by more global, interacting in virtual companies, their communications and their workflow, instead of just slightly modernize the concept of old firms. This is where many companies stuck in their transition to a knowledge-driven business. Also projects is working still predominantly single and distributed operation. Meetings and communications by mail or phone form the link between the knowledge workers and draw the workflow in practice still primarily. A variety of other options is often not used and so much potential in the team-based knowledge work will be given away.

The really effective organization of knowledge work uses media-sharing platforms, wikis or blogs, relies on the integration of collaboration tools, and filters out those processes for which actually still a face-to-face communication is required. So many industries can get fit for a future, more and more determined by this knowledge-oriented approach. The IT field is here certainly already the most developed, but also for marketing, sales, customer service, personal or research and development knowledge work can offer new impetus.