Intranet Tips from the Intranet Connections Team

How to Use Online Forms to Improve Your Intranet, Website & Beyond

Summary: What are online forms and what are the benefits from a Feature Request form? Key fields to includes in your Feature Request Form include; category, submitters, reasons for request and more.
The secret is out – we’ve found a creative way to utilize an Online Form that improves productivity and user-experience for both employees and clients. Our Online Forms can already transform into a variety of useful tools such as Policy Review to Job Openings, but how can you use Online Forms to improve the way in which you do business on your intranet, your website and beyond? Creating a Feature Requests Form. Below are 3 different ways to utilize a Feature Request form.

Reap Significant Time-Cost Savings with Intranet Software

Summary: Three examples of how our customers have saved time and money with Intranet Connections’ Intranet Software, including InTouch Credit Union, Rio Rancho Public Schools and Diversified Search.
When our customers first come to us looking for an intranet solution, they usually have a list of items they want their intranet software to accomplish. They want to replace archaic business processes, improve communication, increase efficiency and, of course, save time and money. At the risk of sounding like a cliche, time is money. That is why its so important that your intranet software be able to save you and your employees time.

Facing Company Communication Overload?

Summary: Looking to reduce communication overload and increase workplace productivity? Maximize your intranet potential with these top employee communication tools including; discussion forums, company news, event calendar and having a help desk ticketing system.
Before I moved to Sales, I was on the support team at Intranet Connections. In Support, I worked with many companies who were looking to reduce company communication overload and increase workplace productivity. Here are some common reasons for communication overload and some ideas for quick solutions to resolve this issue plaguing so many:

Apply The 10 C’s Of Employee Engagement To Your Intranet

Summary: How to improve employee engagement with your intranet. Apply the 10 C’s of employee engagement via Ivey Business Journal; connect, career, clarity, convey, congratulate, contribute, control, collaborate, credibility and confidence.
Employee engagement is key for any organization to strive! In a recent article by Ivey Business Journal, they identified some issues surrounding engagement levels in the workplace. Since your intranet is the number one tool employee’s work with on a daily basis, we distilled information from their article to make it easier for you to improve employee engagement.

Bolster Engagement with an Intranet Scavenger Hunt

Summary: Why an intranet scavenger hunt can boost employee engagement. What some suggested tasks for an intranet scavenger hunt are. How to design your own scavenger hunt.
The importance of high employee engagement in the workplace is undeniable. Engaged employees are more motivated to reach their full potential, inclined to contribute to positive company culture and committed to shared values and goals.

Should IT be Responsible for Intranet Administration?

Summary: Does IT have to maintain ownership for intranet administration? We cover 4 basic tips to distribute intranet administration including; assigning team/department site ownership, delegating application ownership, provide intranet design rights and simplifying intranet administration.
The intranet is often thought of as an ‘IT Program’. It is software after all, and IT is typically in charge of purchasing, managing and maintaining company software. But considering how many employees from multiple departments rely on your company intranet, should IT really be solely responsible for intranet administration?

By |October 15, 2015|Intranet Applications, Intranet Software|0 Comments

Team/Department Sites vs. Task-Based Sites

Summary: What are Team/Department Sites and how do they differ from Task-Based Sites? Elements to include in your intranet sites are; Online Forms, Event Calendar, Document Management and Blogging.
The World Wide Web is so entrenched in our everyday lives, it seems odd that only a couple of decades ago, many of the terms and concepts we take for granted were either non-existent, or only in their infancy. One term, Information Architecture (IA), which was originally conceived by Richard Wurman in 1975, finally came into vogue in 1998 with the publication of “Information Architecture for the World Wide Wide”, by Rosenfeld and Morville. 

Ditch User Manuals with Tutorial Builder

Summary: How to replace traditional user manuals with intranet Tutorial Builder. Improve the education of new and changed features, onboarding of new employees and streamlining workflows.
With the rapid change of technology and devices in today’s IT world, it begs the question; is it worth the effort to maintain and update user manuals to explain how to use the technology? Often, when people try out new software, they turn to the user manual or help files before determining if they can figure it out for themselves. We’d argue that most ‘help’ documentation isn’t very ‘helpful’, but rather they simply state the obvious.

Creating an Effective Intranet Knowledge Base

Summary: What is an intranet knowledge base? How to set up a knowledge base. How to apply permissions using 2 methods. Best practices for intranet knowledge base.
An intranet knowledge base is an effective way to store information on your company intranet. Content in your intranet knowledge base can easily be searched for and retrieved by your employees using the various Enterprise Search tools built in to your intranet.  The information you store in your intranet knowledge base can be simple FAQ’s about the company, or commonly asked questions by employees.

By |September 28, 2015|Best Practices, Intranet Software|0 Comments

Formulate Intranet Success with Intranet Training

Summary: Why is intranet training necessary? How to get started with intranet training. Which tools can assist with intranet training?
You have been tasked with the project of putting together your company’s new intranet. After spending X amount of time adding content and designing your intranet’s look and feel, you’re finally ready to launch.

By |September 17, 2015|Intranet Applications, Intranet Software|0 Comments