Leadership at work: breaking down hierarchies

by Nicola Brassington

Modern leaders can’t hide away – your employees expect to see you working on projects with peers and colleagues. Here’s how using Workplace can help you get involved.

Leaders need to get out of their silos. That’s the verdict of Deloitte’s latest Human Capital Trends report. It found that people want to see the C-suite working together, with 51% of the respondents rating leadership collaboration as ‘very important’.

51% of people rate C-suite collaboration as ‘very important’ to them.

The bad news for business leaders is that nearly three-quarters of respondents rarely see people at the top working together on projects. So if the call for greater C-suite visibility is getting louder, how can you answer it?

Overcoming obstacles

Getting involved in day-to-day projects and hands-on management isn’t always easy for modern leaders. They’re busy, they’re often highly specialized, and they work in organizations with teams spread across different geographies.

All this can make leadership in the workplace seem remote. But when you can’t physically be on the spot, collaboration tools can bring leaders closer to their workforce.

Collaboration tools bring leaders closer to their workforce

A leader might not be able to attend face-to-face meetings, but they can easily join and engage with a project-based Workplace Group.

That way, they can follow progress online, post encouraging comments, and provide guidance and feedback. They can be present, supportive and show appreciation wherever they are.

So even the most jet-setting of executives can engage with their teams in 5 time zones without missing their flight.

Jet-setting executives can engage with teams in 5 time zones without missing their flight

This active online presence can change people’s perceptions about the leadership and the organization as a whole. And that’s good news for everyone.

62% of people say that their perception of a company improves if an employer responds to both positive and negative feedback online.

Working together

People want to see leaders working together, but how can executives move outside their silos and make their activities visible?

Using Workplace makes it easy to collaborate across different departments and time zones. People use Org Chart in Workplace to find people in their organization, build connections, or just put a face to the name.

Org Chart gives people an interactive company directory so they can quickly discover who’s who in their organization, build professional relationships, and find the right people to collaborate with.

Execs can ping people a message or call them with one click via Workplace Chat. And their teams can ping them right back.

Execs can ping a quick message with via Workplace Chat. Their teams can ping them right back

The company conversation

And then News Feed surfaces it all. It’s a scrolling list of relevant, tailored company news – a personalized guide to what’s going on in your organization.

News Feed uses advanced AI to show executives and teams the updates from people and projects they care about which helps to highlight the work of the C-suite.

Top-down communications

And finally, there are few better ways for senior staff to make their presence felt than by harnessing the immediacy of Live video.

Live Video

With Live video, leaders get instant access to the entire project group, team or company. They also get real-time feedback in the form of comments or reactions.

Using Workplace like this is reducing the distance between the top and bottom in organizations. It’s enabling major businesses to win awards for innovation in communication.

And it’s helping people to turn their companies into communities.

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