Intranet Tip: Encourage Staff to Upload a Picture to their Profile

In brief: Three methods to get staff to update their profile pictures are: sync with active directory, run a profile updating contest, and create a placeholder profile image.


Getting employees to upload a picture to their profile is often difficult. Three ways you can encourage staff to upload a photo are:

  • Sync profiles with active directory
  • Have a profile updating contest
  • Create a custom default placeholder image like DST Bluedoor

In the example below, you can see DST Bluedoor’s homepage with the custom default placeholder image. They added green sunglasses to the default silhouette to make it fun, and also to tie it into their intranet’s branding.

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