The corporate intranet is (or should be) the hub of all employee activity and transactions; where employees go to manage money, career, life events, and health. Taking your intranet to the next level means to not only stop pushing static content, but to also use social technologies to enhance the every day activities and transactions necessary for employees to learn, plan and do their jobs; thereby making them more efficient, engaged and productive: a social intranet.
With most companies focusing on cost reduction, using video conferencing tools in place of face-to-face meetings is not only a real solution to controlling travel costs but it’s also a great productivity tool. If your company doesn’t have the deep pockets necessary for an enterprise telepresence platform, there are many companies who have developed more affordable alternatives. I came across this great post by Fuze, which not only discusses the value in video conferencing, but also discusses how video is a great, cost-effective solution to employee engagement and collaboration.
Employee engagement is a much talked about topic, and despite all the chatter it continues to be a challenge because all too often senior leaders don’t understand the impacts that increased engagement can have to the organizations. I agree with what Six Seconds says which is that senior leaders continue to make three tragic mistakes:
Through my own conversations, I have seen a shift in the C suite towards having a better understanding that social technology is no longer a “nice to have” but a “must have” in today’s results-driven workplace. There has been significant growth in the deployment of cohesive social platforms as a communications tool to help employees not only understand how their individual role contributes to overall business success but also as a valuable information tool for knowledge sharing and collaboration activities.
While social business has become a hot buzzword over the last few years, the evidence of success has been hard to capture and measure. Successes are much more clearly identified and defined when it comes to technology and collaboration platform adoption, but much the lines become more blurry when it comes to emotional, cultural impacts and business successes as a result of becoming a social workplace.
The value of the voice of the employee is something I’ve been passionate about for some time. I love this infographic because it provides clear proof points as to why it’s so important to keep employees informed and how doing so results in higher employee engagement.