Intranet Tips from the Intranet Connections Team

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

Top 5 Key Intranet Security Considerations

Summary: What is intranet security? Top 5 considerations are; anonymous access, integration with active security groups, keeping control of social, support for temporary or volunteer staff and preventing misrepresentation.
When evaluating different intranet software providers, prospective buyers often overlook a key component: intranet security. As the Product Manager here at Intranet Connections, I am here to remind you that intranet security should be top of mind when evaluating intranet software providers. Below are my top 5 key intranet security considerations you should keep in mind when searching for the perfect intranet solution.

Why Every Intranet Needs Creative Intranet Pages

Summary: What is an intranet page? Benefits of creative intranet pages include brand building, employee engagement, effectively managing intranet changes and improving company culture.
Soar above a basic intranet by adding creative touches! Your intranet connects your employees to valuable company resources so it’s important to engage your employees with creative intranet pages. From your intranet’s Home Page to Team Sites, if you give some creative freedom to your intranet admins or department heads, you will see wonderful things happen, such as; brand building, employee engagement, effectively managing changes and encouraging a corporate culture.

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

5 Ways To Improve Your Profile In Employee Searches

Summary: How can your Employee Profile stand out during employee searches? Update contact information, add a photo, provide a status and attach relevant tags. Bonus, provide easy navigation to your Employee Directory.
Having a complete list of employees is a great asset for every company and 100% of our intranet clients use the Employee Directory feature. That being said, not all employee profiles are created equal and after the Design Annual Report1 unearthed design trends that included up-to-date employee profile information, we’re sharing the best practices to make your profile shine bright during employee searches.

Top 7 Tips To Achieve The Best Intranet Designs

Summary: What is the Intranet Design Annual report? What trends were identified in the winners of the best intranet designs? Mobile access to intranet pages, agile development, mega-menu navigation, picture sharing, employee profiles and more!
Each year the Nielsen Norman Group publishes the Intranet Design Annual1 which digs deep to select 10 winners in their intranet design contest. From the detailed case studies we have distilled the top 7 intranet design trends that will transform your intranet from diamond-in-the-rough to sparkling gemstone!

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

Top 4 Intranet Content Management Mistakes

Managing content on your intranet is challenging. Especially for mature intranets that have built up a lot of content over time. Improperly managing content on your intranet can result in your intranet becoming one big content dumping ground, and employees will eventually get frustrated and abandon your intranet.

By |September 10, 2015|Intranet Software, Top 5 List|0 Comments

Building a Vacation Calendar with Standard Workflows

Working as a Support Technician, I am frequently asked by customers, “What is the best way to set up vacation/time off requests on our intranet?”.  In answering this, I always recommend using Event Calendars. The reason behind this is that an Event Calendar gives you a visual representation of when employees are taking time off.
Creating a Vacation Request Calendar
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