What is an Intranet? It’s an:
Internal social networking platform: Cease the silos.
Your HR team has important knowledge about employee satisfaction. Your accounting or financial team knows where your budget stands. Your marketing team has industry research that would make a huge impact on your sales efforts. On your own team, Bob knows a lot about the technology you use. Sally is an expert at making sales.
In a typical company, there are barriers between people and between departments. Those barriers arise from physical distance, distinct knowledge areas and organizational structure, among other things. These barriers create silos that separate employees from each other – and separate your company knowledge as well.
An intranet serves as an internal social networking platform that simplifies and improves communication and knowledge-sharing between employees, organizational levels, teams and departments.
Get your team talking to one another – and to other teams, too. Make it easy for employees to find each other, and for managers to learn more about their direct reports. With an intranet, you can break conversations and knowledge-sharing out of the silos that inevitably arise as your company grows.
An intranet creates channels for employees to communicate.
In an intranet, discussions, chats and private messages help employees communicate with one another without ever leaving their desks, picking up the phone or sending an email. It sparks conversation that otherwise might never happen – creating a truly collaborative environment for your employees.
Communifire includes social networking features such as “like” buttons, five-star rating controls, and commenting capabilities, too. These features motivate people to engage with content and conversations.
Public discussion threads give your team members a voice and empower them to share their ideas and enable them to vote on others’ ideas. They connect geographically dispersed teams to encourage teamwork.
But let’s not leave out your company leadership! An intranet makes it easy to communicate organizational changes, publicize the company mission and values, and share plans and goals – without taking up your employees’ inbox space.
An intranet helps people find and learn about one another.
Many companies today have dispersed teams. Employees are in different office locations. Some may even work from home. It can be hard for people to really connect to one another – even though they may work together every day. Intranet software helps to bridge this gap.
The employee directory within your intranet helps employees find one another, learn about one another and create a sense of community – even when they’re in different locations.
- Quickly find team members for an event invitation list.
- Discover a team member’s skills, work history and achievements so you know exactly who to contact to solve an issue or fill a role.
- Connect with other team members to create a community around a topic, project or idea.
In Communifire, you can use the search feature to find people across the company based on their name, team affiliation, contact information, relationships and even the content they’ve authored.
Communifire gives you even more ways to connect and motivate your team members with badges. Badges are public (or private, if you choose) shout-outs that appear on a person’s personal profile. Give your teammate a thank-you badge for a job well done. Send a star employee a trophy badge to mark a big achievement. Earn a badge when you master a new skill or gain a certification.
You can even assign point values to different badges so individuals can improve their rank with each new badge.
An intranet allows you to create, publish and share content across teams, departments and the entire company.
What do you do when you need to learn something? You probably go straight to Google, right?
Think of an intranet like your company Google search. Your employees and leaders can create and publish content such as blogs and articles, and share it publicly or with specific people. And everyone can find this company-specific content quickly and easily by just punching keywords into the search box.
Empower your leaders to share their knowledge, and turn your employees into leaders by empowering them to share their ideas. An intranet allows anyone to author content, share it, and let others comment on it, consume it and use it to do their job.
- Write blog posts about trends impacting your industry.
- Write how-to posts to teach others a new skill.
- Share a big team win, publicly.
- Build up excitement about a launch.
- Communicate a new strategy or process.
- Upload a fun picture or video to lighten the mood.
All content is searchable – no matter what format it’s in. You can organize your content by group (or space), add tags to help people filter content by topic, or make content available only to certain people or teams.
When you post updates, upload new files or comment on content, people in your spaces will see a notification on their own activity stream (no annoying pop-ups – don’t worry!). This makes it easy to share knowledge and keep everyone on the same page.