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The DOs & DON’Ts of Intranet Site Taglines

The Chinese have been credited with the creation of many important inventions: paper, acupuncture, the Open-spandrel segmental arch bridge (fully stone). It is thought that the Chinese also generated the world's first tagline when they promoted their newly finished wall as "The Great Wall: Protecting the Chinese Empire or its prototypical states against intrusions by various nomadic groups or military incursions by various warlike peoples or forces since the 7th century BC." Not quite as pithy as "Behold the power of cheese" but it was a seminal influence on Calvin Klein's famous "Between love and madness lies obsession" tagline. What is

How to Launch a Successful Portal Naming Contest

Launching a new intranet can be an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming. Especially when you've put a lot of time and effort into the intranet and don't receive the user adoption rates you anticipated. A great way to engage users and promote intranet adoption is by including employees in the intranet portal naming process. Many of our customers do this by hosting an Portal Naming Contest on their intranet, which not only gets users excited about the new intranet, but also gets them on the intranet to participate. Why You Need a Portal Name Having an intranet

Improve The Employee Onboarding Process with the Intranet

Every organization must establish a proper employee onboarding process.  It can be a struggle to do this efficiently, especially lacking the proper processes and systems in place to perform the onboarding precisely and completely for each new employee.  Most companies create an onboarding checklists, detailed documentation and of course, plenty of forms to onboard a new employee.  But paper-based checklists, documents, and forms get lost, become outdated and often end in rouge processes being executed by different departments. Stop the madness! Streamline and organize your Employee Onboarding on your intranet to ensure each new employee is given the same onboarding

5 Creative Tips for your Intranet Rollout

You've gone through the entire intranet evaluation process, selected the best intranet solution to meet your company needs, learned how to use the software and uploaded all your intranet content.  You've spent all this time working away at a solution to help your employees Connect, Collaborate and Create and you are extremely excited for your intranet rollout. The only problem?  That one, underlying fear that every intranet manager faces...."Will employees use it?" When implementing a new intranet solution, there are five things that you can do as an intranet manager to help ensure your employees are happy with their new intranet:

The DOs & DON’Ts of Intranet Design

I hate to say it but there are a lot of ugly intranets out there. Believe me. I have seen them and have been called upon to do something about them on occasion. An ugly intranet is often an outdated intranet, an out-of-touch intranet or an unloved intranet. People do not want to look at an ugly intranet design any more than they want to look at my kids rotting pumpkin on the patio - not that I am cleaning that smelly mess up - the kids wanted them, they can clean them up. Well good news, you also get to

How HR Can Make The Intranet Better For Employees

A few years ago I wrote about the HR Intranet. When you look at departments within an organization and how they relate to content on the intranet, HR and IT are two dominant teams that should have a strong presence. HR on the intranet is typically a heavily content-based and functional site, a place to view policies, handbooks, guidelines, benefits and payroll information. It is the go-to point for people-related processes. Can HR Intranets move more into engagement and mentorship, training and leadership? You bet they can, and the intranet is the best place to accomplish this. Putting a personality

Intranet Tricks to Treat This Halloween

As Halloween is quickly approaching, I wanted to share some fun Halloween-themed intranet tricks you can implement to increase employee engagement. Not only that, but these tricks can be used over and over again, slightly modified for any holiday or company event you want to promote. Spooky Design Themes Perhaps one of the simplest ways you can gear your intranet up for Halloween is a quick theme change. Changing the theme from time to time is a great way to keep employees engaged and logging into your intranet. As the intranet manager, don't worry if you don't have a background in

Why Document Management is Necessary for your Organization

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

Intranet Personalization to Drive Adoption

Your intranet is a central hub of information which allows your employees to find information faster and get their work done more quickly. A central Document Repository, Interactive Online Forms with Automated Workflow, Company Events with Outlook Synchronization, are just a few ways that the intranet can help streamline your business processes. An intranet is a great place for employees to go to for information and resources.  However, the intranet houses resources for several departments such as: IT, Marketing, HR, Sales and more. This means when an employee goes to find the information they need, it is surrounded by irrelevant information

3 Strategies to Improve Employee Engagement in Healthcare

What exactly is employee engagement? Engaged employees are happy with their work, committed to the organization and they're willing to go the extra mile to achieve the organization's goals. Why does employee engagement matter? In a recent study published by the Gallup Business Journal, that evaluated more than 1.4 million employees, there was a direct connection confirmed between strong employee engagement and lower employee turnover rates as well as a reduced number of patient safety incidents.  This is just the justification your organization needs to invest in an employee engagement strategy that has a direct impact on the quality of