“Never underestimate the power of an employee that is engaged in their work and the company”
Last week I asked my business coach and mentor to facilitate a one day strategy session with our entire Intranet Connections team. We closed up shop and spent the day talking about corporate culture, because that is my personal BHAG – to build a really cool company with really cool people, who care about creating a really cool product. We talked about everyone’s core values and we re-worked our company purpose statement …
“Our intranet software exists to help foster employee engagement through online communication, collaboration, and the enhancement of culture”
We now have a big quarterly rock and a theme surrounding engagement and how Intranet Connections can help facilitate and enhance your company culture.
We also have a fairly substantial initiative in June to put out one of our biggest releases yet for our intranet software. v11 adds many social and interactive elements to Intranet Connections, but the big vision for v11 was the implementation of a new App Builder tool where you can create any type of application from scratch, or choose from existing templates. App Builder gives that finite, granular control for those of us who like to dig in and control every element of the application, but for those who are more hands off it offers a simple and easy to use builder with drag and drop options, so even your least tech savvy user could build an application for the intranet.
We have had a lot of fun creating a demo site for our new v11 intranet to feature in webinars. The power and creativity that can be achieved through App Builder is really cool. We have built our demo intranet around our quarterly rocks of enhancing culture and employee engagement and based it on our company.
With App Builder, we created applications for
— nominating employees and sharing kudos
— brainstorming ideas
— conversation corner
— web docs / wiki
— knowledge sharing and article ratings/comments
— company contact listings
— industry, twitter and blog links
We also added team sites, and a health & wellness community page with daily health tips, a Go Green contest, a place where staff can find out about car pooling and incentives for bike riding into work during the summer, plus an “IC Extended Family” photo album of our kids and pets.
What makes a tool like Intranet Connections cool is that there are so many creative ways to use your intranet in building participation and engagement. An intranet can really enhance your company culture, and share its goals, mission, and team collaboration. An intranet is all about supporting your greatest asset: your employees. If this sounds like your kind of company, we want to work with you! Leave us a comment and share how you are using your intranet for culture and employee engagement.
Stay tuned for more information on our v11 release, available mid June.
If you would like to see our demo site in action, join us for a v11 feature webinar and contact us for more information.