Jay is presenting findings from his Learning Practices Survey in Australia this week and has made the data available at the Internet Time Community. The survey had 237 respondents from various sized organisations and from several continents. My impressions are that about one-third to one-half of respondents feel that things are not good in today’s workplace, stating:
- a lack of cooperation;
- no time for reflection;
- no ability to create DIY tools for work;
- no communities of practice for support;
- lack of professional development;
- poor training; and
- working in organizations that are slow to change.
This is not a question of access to technology or Web 2.0. These are basic work productivity issues. Cooperating, reflecting, and supporting each other are necessary for groups of people to collectively achieve common objectives; especially knowledge workers. Even initiatives like Work Literacy may not be able to address these structural issues.
If these observations translate to the workforce as a whole then we have many dysfunctional workplaces. A significant portion of workers are not able to work effectively in their organisations.