Top 10 Countdown to Making the Most of Your Intranet
10. Run Survey / Poll
It’s quick and easy to do, launch regular surveys to get users’ feedback on almost any subjects, for a change, try to create surveys that sit outside the corporate agenda, pick casual topics related to everyday life, political debate, sustainability issues, or entertainment – here are some ideas:
- Cool movie of the month
- Casual Friday? (yes no)
- Choose company smart phone? (iPhone or Blackberry)
- How do you travel to work?
- How’s your weekend?
- What do you think of Gordon Brown?
9. RSS feed
Embedding relevant RSS feeds to departmental intranet pages is one of the easiest ways to get fresh news delivered to your corporate intranet. RSS news from HSE (Health & Safety Executive can be added to the corporate Health & Safety Page, or an RSS from a popular design blog is perfectly suitable for a Creative department’s homepage, for instance. It will not only help keep team members aware of what’s going on out there, it will also help staff from other departments know more about what you’re doing.
8. Enable commenting
Everyone likes commenting. Sometimes reading people’s comments in a blog is more interesting than the actual post itself. We want to hear what people say but at the same we like to be heard. Staff’s comments can be invaluable in the improvement of a business and organisation as a whole. In Claromentis commenting can be enabled for documents, news, and publish pages.
7. Classifieds (Craigslist)
Have you ever noticing communal pin boards next to the kitchen is full of classifieds, from selling used cars, sharing apartments to cheap concert tickets. Having an electronic version of classifieds right in the corporate intranet can help draw users back to the system. If you still like the pin board, you can print out the classified section on your intranet and post it there!
6. Treasure Hunt
Yes a treasure hunt. Simply hide content within the corporate intranet and run a competition to find it. One of our clients had tried this and it was a great success. It’s definitely a fun and exciting way to get users familiar with their corporate intranet without the need to have formal training.
5. Business Dashboard
Businesses are surrounded with data; but they are sharing one common problem. The data is not visual enough to draw our attention. The Claromentis ICDashboards module works by pulling through data from our Business Process Management platform, and allows you to view a data visualisation of your business workflows. This can be business statistics, KPI (Key Performance Index), weekly sales figures, real-time number of visitors, stock chart, and much more.
4. Up-to-date Content
The essence of a corporate intranet is storing and finding information, if users can’t find information they want accurately & effortlessly, it almost guaranteed that they won’t come back. The reality is always harder than theory but you can’t underestimate the importance of having the most up-to-date information on your company intranet.
3. Develop Personas while improving usability
Regularly check your stats & analytics, ask users and identify 3 main areas that are frequently visited on the company intranet. Fast Access buttons provide speedy access to these areas, and while you’re doing this you are developing personas at the same time – improving usability of your corporate intranet.
2. Implement built-in apps
Claromentis offers business-ready built-in applications which can be implemented straight within a corporate intranet. These applications include image gallery, holiday & vacation planner, group calendars, and forums.
1. Business processes
Having your business process built right into the employee intranet is number 1 on the list of company intranet ideas. It transforms the corporate intranet into something much more than just a communication & collaboration platform. The intranet becomes an indispensable business application where day-to-day business processes sit on top of an information layer, in a single integrated system. Claromentis provides several products such as Business Process Manager, and Learning Management Platform, and it can all be implemented directly within your company intranet.
Have you tried one of these company intranet ideas within your corporate Intranet? Please share your experience below.