Of all the pages in your intranet, the homepage is one of the most important. As the portal to your intranet, the homepage has the power to captivate users with its energy and personality… or to repel them with its irrelevance. In fact, intranet consultant James Robertson identifies as many as 7 different roles your intranet homepage plays.
By lexi — 9 comments The wiki is one of the most useful applications in an intranet. It’s certainly one of the most popular applications among Noodle users. And why not? It’s easy, it’s fast, it’s accessible anywhere.
April 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Posted in blog , collaboration , communication , engagement , intranet , research , social media , strategy , value | 6 Comments Tags: blog , collaboration , communication , engagement , intranet , plan , social media , strategy In my last post ‘ Is your culture right for collaboration tools to improve internal communications? ‘ I gave my view on the corporate environment needed to encourage internal communications professionals to welcome collaboration tools being used by employees. Internal communications need to realise they are not the sole people who can communicate using the intranet .
The 2012 Edelman Trust Barometer , published last week, finds a deepening sense of distrust in governments, businesses and institutions. The annual global study, which questioned 30,000 people in 25 countries, reveals a dramatic shift in the value people place in information sources – which, in turn, has some interesting implications for communicators and intranet managers. Across the globe, blame for the financial and political chaos of 2011 landed at the doorstep of government, as trust in that institution fell nine points to 43 per cent. In seventeen of the 25 countries surveyed, government is now trusted by less than half to do what is right. In twelve, it trails business, media and non-governmental organizations as the least trusted institution.
Once Google Sites got added to the Google Apps suite, Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC) almost immediately made the decision to migrate away from an existing MediaWiki installation to Google Sites to host its existing intranet content. Then and now that intranet location has been called the “Shared Private Network.” Within LSNC, everyone pretty much just calls it the SPN. Since the tech team at LSNC (in-house known as “Team Gizmo”) believes in change you can, uh, believe in, they thought it would be a great idea to give LSNC staffers the opportunity to rename the SPN.
ROI of Improve Intranet Usage
Nearly 300 people voted recently on a LinkedIn poll asking the question: What is the one improvement to your intranet you would like to see in 2012? The results are below.
In considering ways to get more employees to provide feedback on an internal corporate site, as a client recently asked, it’s good to remember that feedback is provided when there is an assurance that the worker’s voice will be heard, considered and acted upon. This is a cultural issue, really. Companies modeling a consensual decision-making style will have no problem gathering employee feedback—since the culture is not risk-averse, but transparent and inclusive. Contests or incentives are ill-advised, since they cut against the grain of the discretionary effort (engagement) and self-motivation required to capture authentic feedback.
“Thanks to the use of SnapComms tools, we have increased use of our intranet by more than 40% in the first year.” 10 Intranet Tips and Low Cost Tools: Intranet Tip 1 - Desktop Notifications Intranet Notification on the Desktop
Summary: Intranet team size has doubled, but companies do get something for this investment, including better-integrated social features and better information filtering. 70% of winners used SharePoint, but with extensive customization. The 10 best-designed intranets for 2013 are: Acorda Therapeutics , Inc., a biotechnology company (U.S.)
By William Amurgis Is your organization’s intranet an unqualified success? If so, congratulations – you’re likely in the minority. For the rest of us, we may often see glimpses of success, but continue to confront obstacles, or take missteps, or simply lose our way. I’ve worked on intranets since before the term was even coined (around 1995), and I’ve made plenty of mistakes. However, I’ve also stumbled into a few triumphs, and learned some important lessons along the way.
By John Hagel and John Seely Brown, guest contributors FORTUNE -- As anyone who has started their own blog certainly knows, it takes all of an hour (if that) to create your very own space to share your most brilliant ponderings for the entire world to see. But when it comes to building a space online that people want to visit regularly and contribute to, well, most of us never get there, and for good reason. It's really hard.
Posted on November 21, 2011 1:15 pm by Shel Holtz | Intranets | Social Media For years, employees have been subjected to the “Godspeed” method of their employers introducing new communication technologies to the workplace. Here’s how it works: The IT department configures the new technology, subjecting it to rigorous testing to ensure that the bits get to where they’re supposed to go and that the tool works they way it’s supposed to without interfering with other systems.
We are living in the age of icons. Every day we encounter dozens of tiny images trying to tell us, at a glance, what we might need to know. Usability experts have long advocated the use of these symbolic images to convey the meaning of content and links before the language part of our brains can catch up, but are icons ever a bad thing? In this post we share tips on how to use icons to help users navigate the content and services on your intranet, and avoid some of the issues that can make icons ineffective. Images used as icons should be clear and relevant Some things are hard to express as a tiny picture.
IBF Live is a live broadcast featuring intranet tours and speakers supporting the movement from simply intranet software to a digital workplace where the intranet is the place to get work done. In their November 1 st episode, the focus was to find out the benefit of Corporate Communications on your intranet.
David F. Carr | August 09, 2011 Intranet Remains Poor Stepchild Of Corporate Websites Blogs, wikis gain role in corporate intranets, but few enterprises have a Facebook-style or Twitter-like home page, survey shows. Enterprises are adopting social tools like blogs and wikis for use inside their companies, but having a social media style home page for the corporate intranet is still rare, according to a study. In other words, vendors like Jive Software and Socialtext still have a lot of work to do to convince companies that a Facebook-like experience is the right way to support corporate communication and collaboration.