There are various instances when departments need to share information that is only relevant to them, but not to the rest of the company. But how can you share and store that information on your intranet with only individuals in your department or team, and not clutter the intranet for the rest of your colleagues? The answer: Department / Team Sites.
In the late 1990s, email went from a secondary communication source for most businesses, to the main communication source, changing the face of business and internal communications forever. Emailing was seen to be one of the most efficient forms of communicating, and many employees transitioned to firing off a quick email over placing a phone call. Now with all the different internal communication tools available to a workforce, emailing almost seems primitive today. While many organizations still rely heavily on email, most businesses are slowly trying to reduce the number of emails sent in favor of a simpler, more efficient form
Today, we have more ways to communicate with each other than at any other time in history. I personally receive daily phone calls, text messages, tweets, blog post updates, emails, Facebook status updates and a post card every six months from my dentist. Why then, with so many options, is organizational collaboration still so difficult to get right? Aren’t intranets supposed to fix this? This might sound strange coming from me, the Product Manager at Intranet Connections, but technology alone is not the answer.
An employee suggestion box (also known as the Idea Share Exchange application in Intranet Connections), is a traditional part of many businesses that dates back to the early 20th century. The success of a suggestion box is tied in large part to the perceived value that a suggestion box brings for both employees and management. In some businesses, the suggestion box is that dusty old box in the corner of the staff room that hasn't been opened in years. For other companies, the suggestion box is an integral part of the company’s success. Perhaps the most famous example of business innovation that
Recently, we published a blog about how eLearning can help improve employee retention, and I've stumbled upon several other articles on ways to boost employee retention. Employee retention has become a hot button topic these days as it is a growing concern for many companies. According to a recent Forbes article, employees are abandoning their current employers at a record rate making employee retention evermore crucial for employers today. With employee engagement initiatives on the rise, is there something your organization could be doing better to retain your top talent? I was curious myself and set off on a mission to
You’re sitting at your desk, when suddenly an e-mail from your boss requesting the latest version of a critical policy document she urgently needs for a meeting arrives. No sweat, you will easily find it on your company’s document share drive. You begin by looking in the likely places starting with your department folder you think it should be in – no luck. No problem, you will just use the search box to find the document, typing in a predictable title. There are plenty of document matches for your search but you know that not one is the document you
You may remember my last post about stellar intranet experts and thought leaders I researched to get a better understanding of this fascinating and exciting industry. As I’m still fairly new to this industry, I take every opportunity to learn more about intranets as I can. In my research, I’ve found intranets are referred to as so many different things, it’s hard to keep up! Everything from ‘Internal Website’ to ‘Web Workplace’, intranet software can have many names. My blog post today covers what other names for intranet software are, and what other software systems an intranet replaces. What is
Get out your binoculars folks. Beyond the hills is a massive group of young and talented misfits that have learnt to value the meaning of cool. Many organizations today are faced with a Baby Boomer generation approaching retirement and now is a critical time more than ever for organizations to start attracting Millenials to their workplace. Beat your competitors by getting a head start on the development of your future assets. Build a talent pool that encourages future innovation, creativity, technical adeptness, cultural understanding and competitive advantage. With an increasingly rampant competitive business sphere, great young minds have a long
With the job market improving, employee turnover is on the rise. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows an upward trend in the number of hires, resignations, and job openings within the last three years. Reducing staff turnover and training new employees is a key challenge for Human Resources (HR) managers in 2014. What makes this challenge even more difficult is the lack of additional HR resources to handle the increased workload. Many short-staffed HR departments are turning to online learning or e-learning as a tool to get new employees trained quickly as well as for annual re-training. Moving Training
As a software architect, one of the challenges I have in writing this blog is finding creative ways to connect my experience and expertise to topics that will be useful to an audience outside of software development. I often find myself thinking about how some of the ways in which software teams approach problems can be applied to other types of projects or to life in general. Agile Development Lends to Agile Design A while back, I wrote a blog about how agile software development techniques can be applied to family life based on TED talk I had listed to