Seeking outstanding digital workplace leaders!

May 4, 2017 by

You may have heard that Digital Workplace Group and Simpler Media Group / CMS Wire are jointly seeking out the best in our profession to recognize in its Digital Workplace Leader of the Year award. Perhaps you know someone who has what it takes to win? If so, we really, really want to know! Maybe that person is YOU – and nominating yourself is fine too.

First, what it doesn’t take!

Back in 2014, I did some research for DWG on making the shift from intranet management to becoming a digital workplace leader. At the time, a LinkedIn search for professionals with “digital workplace” in their job title surfaced scant results. Fast forward three years and the digital workplace manager is somewhat less of a rare breed. Nevertheless, even a quick look across our profession reveals a wide range of job titles that reflect the diversity of cultures and needs of the various organizations we work in.
To put it briefly, you don’t need to have “digital workplace manager” as your job title in order to enter – or indeed to win – DWG’s Digital Workplace Leader of the Year Award. In fact, you or the person you nominate may have quite a different title:

What we are looking for in the entries, beyond the job title, are the individual’s specific achievements relating to their organization’s digital workplace, contributions to the industry as a whole, as well as any particularly creative or innovative approaches.

A broad set of skills

In our research, we found that digital workplace professionals come from a whole range of backgrounds and that what has been considered a “traditional” intranet skillset has rapidly expanded to encompass new capabilities:

We also found it takes a whole lot more than the right skillset to orient towards digital workplace success.

Beyond the skills

In a recent podcast, Paul Miller explored how passionate people create the best digital workplaces. He reflected on the “care, attention, experimentation and sheer restlessness” he sees in pioneers within our industry. It’s a theme we’ve tracked over the years, dating back to our curiously named 2011 research paper “Intranet Love Affairs: Be passionate about your intranet”.

As intranet managers are stepping up to broader digital workplace roles, they are not only organizing and managing the digital tools of work, they are also inspiring and motivating both leaders and colleagues towards a vision of the digital world of work that is at the very heart of their organization’s success.

Perfection not required

That said, we know that every digital workplace, even the most advanced ones, are a work in progress. That’s true also of the professionals who lead, nurture, create and cajole them forwards. We don’t expect the “finished article”. We do love to hear about passionate individuals in the industry who are doing great work though.

Have you entered yet?

We welcome people nominating themselves for this award. We often get told not to “blow our own trumpet” but there’s room for acknowledging a job well done, so please don’t feel shy.

Alternately, you may want to think about someone who has impressed you in the industry recently. Maybe they inspired you with a talk about their work at a conference? Or they’re a colleague whose passion and persistence is helping advance the digital workplace within your organization? Or they’re a practitioner who shares insights via a blog, helping to develop thought leadership in the industry?

Whichever it is, just 15 minutes of your time could mean the chance for you or them to get the deserved recognition with this prominent award.

The deadline for submissions is on or before midnight EDT on May 15, 2017 and all you need to do is submit a statement in up to 500 words including:

  • details of any specific achievements within the organization (50%)
  • contribution to the industry and any relevant activities / experience (10%)
  • any particularly creative or innovative approaches (20%)
  • overall approach / methodology towards advancing the digital workplace (20%).

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Elizabeth Marsh

Director of Research

Elizabeth Marsh is DWG’s Director of Research and author of its latest report ‘Digital workplace overload: How to reduce employee technostress’ (available free on our website). She’s worked as a practitioner, researcher and consultant in the digital workplace field for over 20 years and is a strong advocate for digital literacy and digital wellbeing at work. Elizabeth is currently doing a PhD at the University of Nottingham focusing on employee technostress and the potential of mindfulness to help reduce it. She also co-authored – with Paul Miller – the book ‘The Digital Renaissance of Work: Delivering digital workplaces fit for the future’.

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