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About Rob Nikkel

Rob Nikkel, CEO, brings over a decade of experience in building web applications for the financial and scientific sector to the Intranet Connections Team. With a Bachelors in Chemistry from the University of British Columbia and a graduate diploma from the Information Technology Institute, he also brings great depth and experience with requirements analysis, coding, quality assurance testing, systems integration, usability, scalability, training, road mapping, product strategy and leadership. Outside of his day job, if Rob isn’t exploring the latest gadgets or technologies, you’ll likely find him at the hockey rink or spending time with his young family.

Preparing for Google Search Appliance End of Life

Summary:  Google Search Appliance end of life is approaching, meaning businesses need to seek out a new search solution. We discuss 3 with pros and cons.. Over the last year or so, Google has switched direction with some of their commercial search options, bringing both GSS (Google Site Search) and GSA (Google Search Appliance) to end of life. This forces businesses to seek out a new search solution, particularly for their intranet where about two-thirds of deployments occurred based on user surveys. Are you one of them? Subscribe for Intranet Tips A similar proportion of clients have come to

Community Software to Help Shape Workplace Culture

Summary:  Generate a strong company culture by using these three intranet tools on your community software! If culture isn’t made a priority, the risk is it will form itself, creating strife within the team, lost productivity, and misalignment with customers you serve, all at a high cost!  Humans are innately tribal, which couldn’t be more evident than in politics, sports, and religion.  We establish membership based on affinity to our beliefs and values.   The same is true in our careers.  We make emotional choices of where to work based on personal connection to the values of an organization, the

2017 Highlights and Employee Engagement at Intranet Connections

Summary:  In this blog post, we thought we'd share with you some of the best employee engagement moments and success stories from this past year. At Intranet Connections, our 5 core values are ingrained in our corporate culture, 'SPICE': Simplicity, positivity, integrity, creativity and empathy. These are also areas that we celebrate 'wins', not just in financial success, but in individual employees, and customers. Below are a few of Intranet Connection's biggest wins from 2017: Broke records including biggest sales quarter, month, and day. Hired twelve new team members across all departments, and welcomed one back from maternity leave.

Use Your Digital Workplace To Identify Leadership Qualities

Summary: Use your digital workplace to identify and groom leaders within your organization with these 5 behavioral focus areas. Use the Leadership Checklist provided below to identify the soft skills you need to work on to become the best leader you can be. Traditionally, the workplace has valued tenure and technical skill when it comes to promoting individuals to leadership roles. Although employee loyalty and technical skill are crucial to a successful company, they are not necessarily indicative of leadership qualities. Leaders must be highly trained and experienced. However, in addition to industry experience and resume qualifications, great leaders

The Employee Onboarding Process: They Said YES! Now What?

Summary: They said yes, and signed the offer! The first steps of the employee onboarding process are crucial for entering into a long lasting, mutually beneficial professional relationship. Here is some advice from our CEO at Intranet Connections to make sure the honeymoon period starts off organized and welcoming. Getting an accepted offer from a candidate can feel much like getting engaged.  After all, you’re likely going to spend more time together over the next few years than you will with your partner at home.  With all the time and energy invested: application screening, phone and in-person interviews, tests, reference

The Five Habits of Highly Engaged Employees

Summary: Typically, the focus is on actions companies can take to foster employee engagement in the workplace.  This is one side of the coin, but a healthy relationship requires a marriage of responsibilities, efforts, and behavior. For a company, it starts with clarity of purpose and strategy. By connecting goals and actions bottom-to-top, employees know what they’re working towards achieving.  An intranet is a support tool to communicate these, through company news, blogging, goal setting, celebration events & posts, employee recognition, job opportunity, promotion, and milestones.  The biggest responsibility is first and foremost in hiring the right people, then providing encouragement,

Navigating the Intranet Handover as a New Intranet Admin

Has there been a change in your organization and the intranet admin duties have fallen on your lap? The best indicator of a successful intranet is the people that power it, and in most cases in small to mid-size organizations, there’s a single point person championing the cause. Because of this, it can be a difficult time when that person is gone for an extended leave, retirement or moving on to other opportunities. Below are 5 tips to ensure a smooth transition in your intranet admin takeover.

3 Ways Your Intranet can Help You Make the “Nice” List these Holidays

Summary: From donating to charities to throwing a big staff event, here are 3 ways your intranet can help your organization make the “nice” list this holiday season while supporting your holiday initiatives. It’s a wonderful time of the year to look back, give back and celebrate as a company.  There are many ways you can support these efforts using your intranet. Here’s a “nice” list of things to do, and how your intranet can support holiday initiatives.

10 Ideas to Give Thanks at Work

Summary: Research shows that employees are more satisfied at work when they feel appreciated. Use these 10 ideas to give thanks at work! In our fast-paced work lives these days, it’s too easy to move from task to task and not take the time to celebrate the small wins along the way. To succeed, we are incredibly reliant on those around us, so it’s vital we recognize and nurture our teammates to show we care, creating long-lasting relationships. Thanksgiving shouldn’t be a “once-a-year” thing only practiced at home, but rather a ritual we design into how we work and conduct our

3 Gratitude Tactics to Fuel Workplace Happiness

Summary: Fuel workplace happiness by showing gratitude in these 3 ways. This time of year brings Thanksgiving, a time to reflect on everything to be grateful for in family, work and life in general. It also comes a few weeks after attending the “Art of Leadership” conference in Vancouver, where I really enjoyed Neil Pasricha, a thought leader on happiness. Neil provides in-depth research on the sources of happiness and five key practices to increase it through meditation, journaling, exercise (in nature), kind deeds and gratitude. In this blog, I want to focus on the last one, highlighting three ways in