Spark innovation in your workplace
Silos prevent information from flowing effectively and prevents teams from collaborating. Spark Collaboration brings people together by connecting them with people they would not normally meet.
Research has shown that making space and time to connect with colleagues leads to a more productive, innovative and happier workplace.
Get the platform that sparks connection and encourages information and ideas to flow naturally.
It’s the crossroad of serendipity and productivity.
Create Better Connections
Spark encourages employees to make new connections and strengthen existing relationships – contributing to better employee engagement.
Bringing people together creates connections across countries and business units, fostering a culture of inspiration and innovation among colleagues.
Introducing employees to one another helps colleagues to create informal connections that can reinvent how people share information across your business.
How Companies Are Using Spark
Integrating Across Multiple Offices
Pairing employees across multiple offices for video chats allows innovation and ideas to prosper among people in different roles, regions and offices.
Driving Employee Engagement
Creating active connections with the larger team and organization creates higher levels of employee engagement–leading to a better bottom line.
Pairing Mentors with Mentees
Connecting mentors with potential mentorees can spark conversations that promote career development across levels of the company.
Creating Cross-Department Networks
Encouraging employees to make new connections across departments and silos can create a culture of open communication and collaboration.
Enhancing Talent Development
Collaboration impacts multiple talent development processes, including onboarding, career development and rentention of top talent.
Promoting discussion among affinity groups and Employee Resource Groups helps support retention, professional development and the support of diversity initiatives across the company.
International Federation for the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, 430,000 staff and 17 million volunteers working in 189 countries. The sheer size and scope of this Movement is one of the organization’s greatest strengths, presenting significant potential for collaboration, learning and innovation. Spark Collaboration was implemented as a component of a broader Learning and Engagement Plan for Volunteering Development to create spaces where people could come together and talk, collaborate for solutions, and innovation. The initiative helped to build a sense of connectedness, unity and common purpose to the global organization. One of the more impressive outcomes has been to strengthen professional networks, benefiting both individuals and National Societies, widening the reservoir from which people can gather ideas, support and learning.
The Penn Club of Chicago
The Penn Club of Chicago represents and serves the roughly 3,000 Penn Alumni in the Chicago metropolitan area, from recent graduates of the Class of 2015 to distinguished members of the Old Guard. The Penn Club of Chicago’s mission is to create a community, in Chicago, for all alumni, incorporating social, educational, and professional activities that encompass the Penn spirit and bring awareness of Penn to the greater Chicago area. This University of Pennsylvania regional alumni club, one of many worldwide, is using Spark Collaboration to bring graduates together for face-to-face meetings to network, and share ideas. Alumni have indicated they have enjoyed meeting a variety of alumni from different fields, and participating in Spark has made them more inclined to attend other events held by the alumni club. This is representative of the impact a networking initiative between graduates of the same university can have — more professional connections and greater school pride.
What The Experts Say
Randomised Coffee Trials
Spark Collaboration was built on the success of Randomised Coffee Trials (RCTs), a manual process co-designed in 2012 by Jon Kingsbury and Michael Soto at Nesta, the UK innovation foundation. RCTs pair staff with a new coworker from across the company on a fixed interval (weekly, monthly etc) to get to know each other over coffee and learn about what projects they are working on. Nesta’s experience with RCTs was documented in the ‘Institutionalising Serendipity’ blog series and received widespread attention, being adopted by a range of organizations, including UK government bodies, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the International Federation for the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
How Spark Works
Join. Connect. Meet Up.
Behind the scenes, the Spark Collaboration platform matches people face-to-face for real time social interactions. By meeting over coffee, lunch or video, people can create real social connections that can help them be more innovative, connected, and ultimately more productive. Spark setup is quick and easy, and allows your organization to create campaigns that reflect your unique goals.
Just a few simple steps will get you started:
- Decide who should meet. Get one department connected with another department, client, or vendor.
- Set the Specifics. Decide start and end dates, establish frequency of meet ups, and set custom rules with your own criteria. Then monitor metrics and participation.
- Get Engaged. Log in to see current and upcoming meetups and update profiles. Watch as morale, attendance and inspiration bloom in the workplace.