“Learn, Plan and Do” your way to a Social Intranet

productivityThe 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.

Social Intranet (sō’shəl) • (ĭn’trə-nĕt’) An intranet that utilizes social technologies to enhance the every day activities and transactions necessary for employees to learn, plan and do their jobs thereby making them more engaged and productive.

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Is Email Dead for Employees?

work emailWith such a strong focus these days on digital communication channels, my company recently conducted a communications channel audit of our 40,000 employees. The results of the survey show that email remains, today, the NUMBER ONE preferred method of communication with the Intranet coming in second. I know that many organizations are seeking new ways to engage with employees but when you have an organization where more than 50% of the workforce is disconnected — either intentionally or because of the nature of their work — slick, new digital solutions don’t always resonate with the majority of an organization’s audience.

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The Future of Internal Communications [#infographic]

Guest post by: Newsweaver Internal Communications, Danielle Gibbons

the-future-of-internal-comms“In a world where digital technology can both help and hinder employee interactions, there’s an intrinsic need to address how to ensure excellence from our managers. When companies get manager communication right, it can be a source of competitive advantage.” — Luke Dodd, Melcrum

Internal communications (IC) radically improves, controls and measures the way employers communicate with employees and stakeholders, helping to drive positive employee behaviour and increase engagement with influencers. The future of this industry is very bright as organizations are increasingly recognising its importance.

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Using Video to Increase Employee Engagement and Collaboration

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.

This article was originally posted in: Getting Employee Engagement Back on Track by Kevin Young at Fuze

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Winning the Hearts and Minds of Your Employees [#infographic]

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:

1. This as a “nice to have” instead of confronting reality:
Employee engagement is the lifeblood of performance.

2. We can increase engagement just by talking about it:
Employees become engaged due to their emotional experience.

3. Surface “fluff” like perks will increase engagement:
The opposite is true; it’s fundamentally about emotionally intelligent leadership.

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How HR can Align Employee Engagement to Business Success

HR and FinanceAs a professional who leads HR communication and strategy, discussions on how to analyze, increase and measure employee engagement are a regular part of my meetings with HR executives and senior leadership. And what I’ve come to realize is that employee engagement means different things to different people… and how you achieve engagement has differing thoughts as well. But a common theme that surfaces in all my conversations is how to equate an engaged workforce to being successful as business?

For some companies, engagement means providing the tools necessary to be more collaborative (Sharepoint). For others, it’s a workforce that is more communicative (Yammer). And still, for other companies, engagement is based solely on the response rates and/or data collected from employee surveys.

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