Intranet Tips from the Intranet Connections Team

Intranet Connections Developer Mo Bros

Movember is well on its way through the Development Team and the Intranet Connections ‘ICMOGRO’ Team, consisting of 8 Mo Bro moustaches, a furry Mo Dog and an eccentric Mo Sista, has banded together to raise over $3,200 so far in support of men’s health issues including research for Prostate and Testicular Cancer.

If you missed the Movember intro blog, be sure to have a quick read to meet our Mo Bros and find out what Movember is all about. You can donate to the Intranet Connections Movember team and check out photos of their mid-month moustache growth on our ICGROMO Team Page.

By |November 19, 2013|Intranet Software|0 Comments

Intranet Connections Team Faces a Hairy Movember

It’s that time of year again, where men everywhere give up their upper lips to increase awareness and raise money for men’s health with a Hairy Movember. Movember is an official global charity which supports world-class men’s health programs that combat prostate and testicular cancer as well as mental health challenges. It encourages men to grow a mustache for the entire month of November, asking friends and family to donate to their efforts.

While the movement is most well-known for encouraging extravagant mustaches, it has been extremely effective in its fundraising efforts as well. Since inception in 2003 Movember has had 3.05 million registrants and raised CAD $447 million dollars, CAD $146.6 of which was raised in the last year alone.  A few of our men here at Intranet Connections have stepped up to the plate and volunteered to stop shaving for the month of November in order to raise funds for this great cause.

By |November 7, 2013|Intranet Events, Intranet Software|0 Comments

Happy Halloween from Intranet Connections

At Intranet Connections we value simplicity, creativity, connections, integrity and team work. We know that there is nothing scarier than disengaged employees, and therefore we  infuse these core values into our software as well as our day-to-day operations.  This Halloween was no different as the Intranet Connections team got together for an office Halloween party full of hilarious costumes, sweet treats and spooky games.  Here are a few of our team members who really embraced their creative side!

There was a great prize incentive for whoever received the most votes in our Halloween costume contest.  Each of us voted for the costume we liked best and at the end votes were tallied and the winner was Michele with her “Michelvis” costume!

By |October 31, 2013|Intranet Software|0 Comments

Superhero Intranets = Superhero Culture

Meet Eric Ryan, co-founder and self pledged co-parent of method. I had the pleasure of seeing Eric Ryan speak at the recent Art of Marketing conference and enjoyed the story of his journey on how the method brand turned the consumer-packaged-goods industry on its head. What struck me about Eric Ryan was not his enthusiasm, which was in abundance, or his charisma, also in abundance, but how their method company has produced a culture of innovation and ideas. I found myself smiling and head bobbing constantly during his talk. Yes!!

By |September 25, 2013|Best Practices, Intranet Software|2 Comments

5 Tips for Company Intranet System Success

A successful company intranet system is one that keeps employees engaged and assists them in performing the daily tasks they need to complete their job more efficiently.  The problem is, too often intranets do not live up to their potential because employees don’t know how to use it, or don’t have a good reason to.  Here are five tips from our 101 Intranet Ideas e-book to help ensure intranet system success in your organization.

By |September 19, 2013|Best Practices, Intranet Software|0 Comments

Fun at the Expense of Productivity? Not a Chance

In a society where corporate efficiency is king, letting loose and being playful in the workplace has become taboo. Organizational cultures of commitment, contribution and professional excellence have become commonplace, with focus placed on raising productivity and increasing the bottom line. It is as though success and fun are viewed as mutually exclusive terms – “if we allow our employees to have fun, they won’t do any work”.  So employees push themselves to achieve this professional excellence, working longer hours and facing the looming threat of burnout.

It seems to have been forgotten that the workplace is not run by systems, but by people. People who are creative, intelligent and inventive.  Allowing for this creativity to flow in a directed manner not only ensures that work gets done, but it does so in a less stressful, more creative and efficient manner.

By |August 29, 2013|Intranet Software, Leadership & Strategy|0 Comments

Getting Creative with Intranet Names

Ok, so you have done your due diligence and research on different intranet solutions and you probably have a phone book of criteria and vendor matrix’s. You have researched all the different vendors, gone through all of the demos, listened to all the different sales reps rattle on about how great their solution is, how much it’s going to save you over time and increase productivity, to the point that if someone even says the word intranet one more time you will probably quit your job and go into sheep herding.

By |August 22, 2013|Best Practices, Intranet Software|3 Comments

Top 5 Employee Retention Strategies

I am heading into my 14th year running my intranet software company that serves thousands of organizations worldwide, including 260 banks and credit unions and 200 customers in the healthcare industry.

Over the years we have grown and needed to onboard more employees. I had to adapt my management style and gain employee retention strategies that essentially spoke to my weaknesses.

By |August 1, 2013|Best Practices, Intranet Software|0 Comments

Is Social Necessary For an Intranet?

Every company has different feelings about the time and place for utilizing social tools, but really to properly assess this question there are four items to consider:

What exactly is a social intranet?

Why would you want to utilize social tools?
What are some potential pitfalls of a social intranet?
What business value does social give my employees?

Exploring these factors, this blog details the conversations and explorations companies and individuals have concerning their use cases for and opposition to a social intranet.

By |May 2, 2013|Social Intranets|0 Comments

The Art of Intranet Culture

This past week I attended The Art of Leadership at the Centre of Vancouver for Performing Arts a one-day event with inspirational speakers imparting wisdom on leadership and company culture, of which translates to intranet culture.

I was struck by the session with John Mackey, who is co-CEO of Whole Foods Markets.  John spoke from a place of passion. It is evident that he loves his job and commitment to community and making a difference. For John, culture is the embodied values, principles and practices underlying the social fabric of a business, which permeate its actions and connects the stakeholders to each other and to the company’s purpose, people and processes. A Conscious Culture fosters love and care and builds trust between a company’s team members and its other stakeholders.

By |April 17, 2013|Intranet Software, Leadership & Strategy|0 Comments