Intranet Tip: How to Find Information Faster on Your Intranet

Find information faster with scope search

In brief: New in ThoughtFarmer 8, scope search allows employees to jump from browsing to fine-tuned search results instantly.

FIND WHAT YOU NEED, AND FAST

According to McKinsey, employees spend roughly 20 percent of their day searching and gathering information. With ThoughtFarmer 8, scope search makes finding information faster. Looking for a specific document? Search within a large or small section of the intranet to find exactly what your looking, and fast.

Find information faster with scope search

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Intranet Tip: Customize Workspaces for your Teams, Departments, and Projects

Customize workspaces for your teams, departments, and projects

In brief: New in ThoughtFarmer 8, group templates make it easy for teams, departments, and locations to showcase their own content.

GIVE TEAMS THEIR OWN SPACE TO COLLABORATE

Make your intranet the central hub for team collaboration. With ThoughtFarmer 8, group pages can be easily customized to fit the needs of your teams, departments, or projects. This means you can design your own page layout to suit the needs of your team, no help from IT required.

Customize workspaces for your teams, departments, and projects

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Intranet Tip: Turn your Employees into Brand Ambassadors

Turn your employees into brand ambassadors

In brief: New in ThoughtFarmer 8, add a Twitter card to the homepage to turn your employees into brand ambassadors.

GET YOUR EMPLOYEES TO RETWEET AND SHARE

There are no better ambassadors for your brand than engaged employees. A great way to keep staff informed with brand activities is to have external social channels embedded within your intranet. With ThoughtFarmer 8, you can easily add a Twitter card to your homepage or team page to make your social media activity visible to staff. This makes it easier for employees to like, share, and retweet your content.

New in ThoughtFarmer 8, add a Twitter card to the homepage or team page to turn your employees into brand ambassadors.

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Recorded Webinar: Reimagine Internal Communications

TF8 Launch Reimagine

Introducing ThoughtFarmer 8 Citrus—a fresh approach to making work better! ThoughtFarmer 8 gives you the tools to make information findable, collaborative, and engaging, so your intranet team can thrive. Our latest release will help your organization:

  • Find content faster with enhanced navigation and search functions.
  • Improve collaboration with flexible workspaces for teams.
  • Foster innovation with an intranet that adapts to your company’s unique needs.


This webinar is now complete, you can view the recording here:



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Intranet Tip: Get Instant Feedback on Communications with Polls

Get Instant Feedback on Communications with Polls

In brief: New in ThoughtFarmer 8, add a poll card to a news post to get instant feedback from employees.

INSERT POLLS INTO NEWS POSTS

The secret to a successful intranet is to populate it with content that employees want to read. A quick and fun way to take the temperature of staff opinions is with a poll. With ThoughtFarmer 8, you can easily add a poll card to a news post to get instant feedback on how employees are feeling or if they understand your communications.

Add a poll card to a news post to get instant feedback from employees.

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Video Intranet Tip: Personify Your Intranet

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In brief: Create an emotional connection to your brand by personifying your intranet.

GIVE YOUR INTRANET AN IDENTITY

Personalizing your intranet is critical for adoption. When ACCA created their intranet, they personified their company’s first president, Arthur Priddle. Arthur has a profile in the employee directory and sends out company news. Hear from Sarah Moffatt, ACCA’s Internal Communication Channel Manager, about some key benefits associated with having a deeply-integrated intranet brand.

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How To Find And Utilize Your Organization’s Hidden Leaders

How to Find and Utilize Your Organization's Hidden Leaders

When we think of leaders, we often think of strong Type-A personalities that can motivate change and lead with a commanding presence. What is overlooked however, is the behind the scene players that are often taking on valuable leadership responsibilities without the spotlight or recognition. While many organizations look for these strong type-A’s to fill their management and executive roles, they’re ignoring how other personalities are contributing to the growth and success of an organization. After all, it’s these hidden leaders that are a driving force for accomplishments at the front lines of your business.

Last year, Scott K. Edinger and Laurie Sain published a book entitled The Hidden Leader, which speaks to this concept of spotting leaders within your organization beyond the traditional executive team. They list four key traits in a leader: demonstrating integrity, leading through relationships, focusing on results and remaining customer focused. In a collaboration heavy organization such as ours, we find the ability to lead through relationships to be critical — it’s one of the first traits we look at whether hiring externally or promoting from within. This trait allows the hidden leader to build trust with a strong base of people that are on board with their ideas and are willing to help.

When looking at your own organization, there are three key steps that will help you find, support and recognize these hidden leaders.

Identify

Looking beyond the more obvious traits of a ‘leader’ will be the first stepping-stone to harnessing these hidden leaders.

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Video Intranet Tip: Help Staff Overcome their Fear of Contributing

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In brief: Education is the key to helping employees feel confident about contributing to the intranet.

GET EMPLOYEES TO JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Reluctance to contribute is often due to a lack of knowledge on how to be part of the intranet community. Hear from Vanessa Millar, Intranet Community Manager, how MD Financial Management helped employees overcome their stage fright of contributing to the intranet.

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Video Intranet Tip: Align Your Company’s Internal and External Brand

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In brief: ACCA refreshed their intranet to align their internal and external communications to ensure employees were working towards a unified goal.

HOW TO COMMUNICATE A BRAND REFRESH INTERNALLY

When the Association of Charted Certified Accountants (ACCA) introduced their Strategy to 2020, a major component of their new vision was a refresh of their brand. In order to align their internal and external communications, they took it upon themselves to also refresh their intranet. For any strategy to be successful, it needs to be clearly communicated to employees—those key players who will be delivering on the strategy. Hear from Sarah Moffatt, ACCA’s Internal Communications Channel Manager, how ACCA refreshed their intranet to ensure everyone was working towards one mission and vision.

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How to Conduct an Intranet Strategy Workshop (With Free Template)

Intranet Strategy Workshop

We often think of the metaphor of navigation when it comes to strategy. We get out our map and compass, we have a fixed sense of where we are going, and we just need to cement that into the minds of our team in order to get there. However, Gordon Ross, VP of Strategy at ThoughtFarmer, believes the intranet strategy journey can be better compared to that of wayfinding. Wayfinding is the act of knowing and doing as we try to make our way through unknown space. It is never the case where we know and then act. The better way to approach strategy is to first act, then we know, and then we can tentatively act again.

So what do we need to know and do to make our way through the unknown space of 2016? As planning is underway, it is a great time to evaluate how well your intranet strategy is aligned with this year’s objectives. Maybe your current intranet strategy needs some adapting, or maybe you have yet to create an intranet strategy. Either way, we have a great workshop guide to help you design an effective strategy to deliver on your overall corporate objectives. At the end of this workshop, you and your stakeholders will walk away with insights about how your intranet can drive your organization’s goals, and a solid action plan of enablers and risk mitigators to make it happen.

This strategic workshop template will help your team collaboratively create a vision for what the intranet will achieve within your organization, and a strategic direction for achieving that vision.

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