It’s time to cut back on your meetings and emails. It’s time to streamline communication and make work more efficient.
So, it’s time to consider implementing an intranet.
Intranets are powerful tools, but they’re often the unsung heroes of the modern workplace toolkit. The word is associated with clunky nineties software that’s impossible to navigate and full of outdated files.
But, the world of work has changed a lot since then and intranets have evolved to keep up. Now they actually help you get work done, rather than inhibit it. Here’s how.
1. Improves internal communication
A modern intranet encourages communication to flourish across your organization:
Teams can have open discussions
Individuals can share knowledge
Leadership can to stay in touch
Departments can provide updates
And, the best part is that communication flows both ways. Anyone can share information and articles, and everyone can comment and provide feedback.
In this way, an intranet both streamlines communication by bringing it into one place and empowers individuals with a voice and company knowledge.
2. Helps employees find information
An intranet is a rich pool of information. There’s everything from Social Committee updates to the most recent dental form.
All of this information is valuable for helping people get work done and stay connected to the softer side of the business.
An intranet with a simple user-interface and rich search tool will enable employees to stay in the loop and find the information they need.
3. Simplifies employee onboarding
A good intranet makes onboarding simpler than ever. New hires can use it to find their feet with easy-to-access documents, up-to-date organization charts, rich bios on their peers, and a vibrant news hub that provides information and insights into the culture of the company.
4. Provides organizational clarity
Intranets with clear and dynamic organization charts provide clarity on the shape and set-up of your company.
Other features, such as individual bios or profiles, add rich layers to this clarity and help employees understand the roles and responsibilities of individuals throughout your business.
5. Encourages knowledge sharing
Intranets allow organic knowledge sharing to grow, as the person-to-person connections increase and deepen across your company.
Knowledge experts are more visible, and it’s easier for people to connect with them. Experts can also get involved in forum-style conversations, or release a blog article series that helps to disperse learning throughout the company.
In this way, the company’s knowledge can grow rapidly, as a multitude of individuals share their independent learnings.
6. Reduces emails and meetings
If you find that your inbox is cluttered with emails and your calendar is stuffed with meetings, it may be time to invest in an intranet.
Intranets with a good, integrated chat feature make discussions easy. You’ll be able to ditch the dreaded reply-all email and have productive conversations away from messy inboxes.
With improved internal communication, it’s easier to keep everyone informed and garner feedback. Which means you won’t need as many large group meetings that suck up time from multiple calendars.
7. Brings your workplace culture to life
A company is not a company without its people, and modern intranets are about those people. Bringing them together, bringing out the best in them, and enriching your company culture in the process.
Through the actions mentioned above—peer-to-peer recognition, leadership articles, brand messaging, and more—a good intranet becomes a hive of activity that takes on the characteristics of the company itself.
It's a hotbed of company culture.
8. Improves employee engagement
Employee engagement is a hard topic to crack. But, we know it’s incredibly important. Engaged employees are happier, more productive, and less likely to leave.
An intranet can improve engagement in a number of ways. As the company culture (mentioned above) comes to life on your intranet, it’s easier for employees to understand the bigger picture and feel part of it.
And, as an intranet is a place for active communication, employees can use it to stay connected with their team and get feedback from managers.
An intranet can be a powerful tool. It can turn your employee engagement around, clarify internal communication, and streamline processes. But, you have to make sure you get the right one. Only then will you see the benefits unfold.
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Source: Hannah Price