Video Intranet Tip: Let Technology Do the Heavy Lifting

Let technology do the heavy lifting

In brief: Increase employee productivity by integrating your organization’s technology platforms with the intranet.

UPLOAD ONCE, PUBLISH TO MANY

With a small team, its important to help employees accomplish as much as possible in the least amount of time. Hear from Tarley Jordan, Global Marketing Communications Director, how Piksel streamlines their processes by integrating existing technology platforms with the intranet.

 

 

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How to Turn Employees into Brand Ambassadors

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lot of time and effort goes into building a strong corporate brand. Great advertising, strong public relations outreach, active social media management and a dedicated customer service plan all go into developing a brand.

But there’s no better contributor to brand building than having an engaged workforce who are enthusiastic ambassadors for your company. Your employees might not realize it, but they are actively promoting or devaluing your company’s values, missions and goals every single time they share information in public, whether that be through personal contact or on social media.

To safeguard and build your brand, you need to realize that employees have an impact beyond their traditional job roles and ensure they are contributing as positive ambassadors. Reputation and positive brand image can’t be faked, especially when it comes to interactions between your employees and customers or the public.

Here’s how you can create a passionate workforce that proudly represents your company.

1. SET AN EXAMPLE

Open communication and transparency from you will go a long way to building similar traits in employees. Studies have shown that effective communication and openness about company goals, performance, and the contribution of individual successes to the business as a whole all make workers bullish on their company’s future.

2. DEVELOP A POSITIVE WORKING ENVIRONMENT

Well-branded companies understand the utility of an employee recognition program. But it’s not about monetary or in-kind rewards. You need to create an environment in which your workers feel enriched and positive. Internal communication platforms like intranets allow employees to connect with one another, share their stories, celebrate successes, and feel part of a community.

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The Secrets to a Successful Flexible Workplace

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We are always connected. Through online and mobile technology, we are always just one click away from our emails, social media and co-workers.

This has created a huge cultural shift where businesses expect employees to be engaged and available “off-the-clock”; after all, responding to an email is as easy as checking your phone. This shift has also led to a new expectation of creating a work/life balance, that has increased the demand for flexible working environments and remote employment. The lines between home life and work life have blurred significantly.

This means the “average” workplace has changed significantly since the nine-to-five era. Currently, 50 per cent of the US workforce holds a job that is compatible with at least some sort of flexible work capability, and between 80 and 90 per cent of the workforce expresses a desire to utilize remote working in at least a part time capacity. This tonal shift has happened with Fortune 1000 companies around the globe, including well-known companies like Apple, American Express, Amazon and General Electric. At this point, it’s not a matter of IF your company should be implementing a flexible work policy, but HOW.

Let go of preconceived notions of productivity

One of the biggest misconceptions with flexible workspaces or remote working is that it is less effective or efficient than a traditional office environment. While there is a risk of employees abusing the system, more often than not, many employees thrive in an environment void of the distraction of inefficient meetings and interruptions during the day.

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Intranet Tip: How to Use your Intranet for Crisis Management

How to use your intranet for crisis management

In brief: Use the intranet to centralize information during a crisis to ensure employees are informed and know their role in addressing stakeholders.

CENTRALIZE INFORMATION DURING A CRISIS

During a crisis, make your employees ambassadors for the organization by arming them with accurate and up-to-date information. A great way to keep staff informed is through your intranet. Three ways your organization can use the intranet effectively for crisis management are:

  1. Share news with employees first: Don’t let them read it in the newspaper. Posting something on the intranet 5-15 minutes before the news is released will help employees feel included, understand the reasons for decisions, and be able to answer questions effectively.
  2. Keep employees constantly informed: Use the intranet to post frequent updates. This will help to manage misinformation and misperceptions, and ensure staff knows their role in addressing the crisis1.
  3. Document crisis management procedures: Crises are stressful, which makes it easy to forget what protocol is, or even where to find it. Document it clearly on the intranet, and make sure everyone knows where the information lives.

How to use your intranet for crisis management

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Connect, Learn, & Share with the New ThoughtFarmer Community!

Connect, Learn, & Share with the New ThoughtFarmer Community

Discover a new way to connect with other ThoughtFarmer champions. We’re excited to announce the launch of our new community site! ThoughtFarmer Community is a space that’s built exclusively for you to collaborate with other ThoughtFarmer clients. The community site will help you connect with other intranet managers, provide quick access to important client resources, and share your passion for internal communications.

Grow your network and share ideas

The community site is a great resource to help you with everything ThoughtFarmer related. Connect with other clients to hear best practices, lessons learned, and to exchange tips and tricks. It also offers another way to can get in touch with our friendly support team. Join the discussion and learn with the ThoughtFarmer community.

Everything you need in one place

The refreshed community site has centralized information to make it easy for you to take your skills to the next level. Community members can now access documentation, articles, and feature requests all in one place. We’ve also optimized our content to make it easier to find and reference. Bookmark the community site and you’ll have everything you need.

A platform you already know and love

ThoughtFarmer Community is powered by ThoughtFarmer 8 Citrus. If your company is using ThoughtFarmer 8, you will already be familiar with how to engage with the people and content. If your organization hasn’t upgraded, this is a great opportunity to get a feel for the new features and try it out for yourself.

New ThoughtFarmer Community site

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Whether you’re a veteran or new to ThoughtFarmer, there are a ton of great resources on the community site to help your organization get the most of your intranet.

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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

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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:



Are you an existing client who missed the webinar? 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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