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Rest in peace, dear colleague. | Ellen's Digital Workplace

Recently I visited an intranet team who showed me how they use their internal social network to announce the passing away of a colleague, and to give everyone in the organization the opportunity to share their memories about that person.

Of course the immediate colleagues would be informed by their manager. Other employees had to rely on the printed newsletter, so they often learned quite late about the death of their colleague. In many cases, the funeral service had already taken place.

Since then, they have chosen to post the sad news on the social network, in a special “Obituaries’ group. The reactions have been overwhelmingly positive.

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Who has the best intranet team? | Mark Morrell Intranet Pioneer

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What is the purpose of your intranet team? 

How many people should you have in your intranet team? 

What should their roles be? 

How much money should your team have to improve your intranet? 

What is the right level of support from your senior managers?

All of these questions I used to ask when I was the BT Intranet manager and since I left BT I have found clients who also ask me the same type of questions about their intranet team.  Intranet teams mean different things depending on who is asked.  How do you define an intranet team?

Source: Posted by markmorrellmarkmorrell 8 days, 23 hours, 13 minutes ago

10 things I learned about document versions | Ellen's Digital Workplace

As you know, I am constantly patrolling my site collections because they are starting to get full.

One of the storage space eaters are documents with many versions. The ability to keep document versions is a very useful functionality, but it can also be a pain. Every version, major or minor, takes up as much space as the current document, at least in my SharePoint version. SharePoint 2013 is reported to only store the differences in versions, so a document with versions will use less space.

I have learned a couple of things about the behaviour of versions recently.

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At last, a UK intranet conference | Intranet Focus | Martin White

Back in April I blogged about the lack of an independent intranet conference in the UK. Today I agreed to sponsor Intranet Now, styled as an un/conference for intranet and comms managers, which takes place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Portman Square, London on 2 September. When I set up Intranet Focus Ltd in 1999 I made a conscious decision not to sponsor anything, so the very fact that I have changed my mind after 15 years of business should give you some idea of the importance I attach to the launch of this conference.

Source: Posted by WedgeWedge 7 days, 2 hours, 33 minutes ago

Green Intranet Initiatives for your Business »

Introducing green initiatives into your business is an important step in creating an environmentally friendly work environment. Equally important is ensuring your employees are engaged and on board.

The following intranet tips will help support your green business initiatives:Freecycle Intranet Forums

The non-profit Freecycle movement is a global initiative that prevents reusable items from ending up in landfills. You can replicate this green initiative within your business by using intranet forums. Employees can post a description and an image of their unwanted, but perfectly reusable items, into the required forum categor...

Source: Posted by ClaromentisClaromentis 13 days, 23 hours, 5 minutes ago

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How to Plan & Launch a New Intranet »

Follow the 10 steps below to successfully plan and launch your new intranet:

Step 1. Understand & Capture Employee Needs and Requirements

The starting point for any new intranet project is to understand and capture employee needs and requirements.

Before conducting intranet vendor research, you should have a strong understanding of employees’ needs as this will act as as an indispensable guide to selecting the right software. If your employees’ needs are not being met with the functionality on offer, user adoption will inevitably be low.

1.1 Establish Strengths and Weaknesses of the Current Intranet

If you’re repla...

Source: Posted by ClaromentisClaromentis 13 days, 23 hours, 6 minutes ago

Collaborative intranet tools you can even use on a train » Interact Intranet Software

What if you could cherry pick the most useful conversations to you, not just in your seat, not just in your carriage / floor, not just on your train / office, but on every train across the world or in your business. By enabling tagging, commenting, blogging and general user generated content, we massively increase the chance of like-minded people networking, marrying together problems with collective solutions… and the best part? It’s free and it’s already part of your intranet.

Source: Posted by RachelIntranetRachelIntranet 5 days, 17 hours, 27 minutes ago

Amazing speaker line-up announced for Interaction Intranet Conference 2014 » Interact Intranet Software

Interaction Intranet Conference #IIC14 is once again shaping up to be the best intranet conference in the UK and something you definitely don’t want to miss out on if your role involves looking after your company’s intranet.

This year we have some fantastic new speakers lined up to motivate you to create an intranet that inspires, informs, involves & aids interaction amongst employees. If you haven’t booked your tickets for this event do it now to benefit from our early bird offer which is available until 31st July with prices starting from £129.99.

99% of Interaction’s 2013 attendees would recommend this event to others – see what they had to say about last year’s event:

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Source: Posted by RachelIntranetRachelIntranet 13 days, 18 hours, 6 minutes ago

The Importance of a Cool Intranet Solution

Get out your binoculars folks. Beyond the hills is a massive group of young and talented misfits that have learnt to value the meaning of cool. Many organizations today are faced with a Baby Boomer generation approaching retirement and now is a critical time more than ever for organizations to start attracting Millenials to their workplace.

Beat your competitors by getting a head start on the development of your future assets. Build a talent pool that encourages future innovation, creativity, technical adeptness, cultural understanding and competitive advantage. With an increasingly rampant competitive business sphere, great y...

Source: Posted by IntranetConnectionsIntranetConnections 14 days, 17 hours, 45 minutes ago

I am going to Intranet Now. Are you? | Mark Morrell Intranet Pioneer

I signed up today to go to Intranet Now, the conference / unconference about intranets and the digital workplace. I am looking forward to going because it will be a great event.

I also want to find out if the governance of intranets and the digital workplace is improving and if so, how that is being done.

Source: Posted by markmorrellmarkmorrell 15 days, 22 hours ago

How to write a Community Manager job description

So you've got yourself an online community and need someone to take care of it... Considering the recent wave of Web 2.0 technologies and the advancement of community and forum-type platforms, you think it would be easy to find someone who can head up a community, right? Not even close.

The job of community manager is a fairly new one and often encompasses a wide range of roles and responsibilities. Finding just the right person to fit the bill can be a challenge. Starting with the right job description is critical to making the right hire for the position. The bottom line is that you won't find someone who can do every single thing on your list. You'll need to know up-front which responsibilities are more critical to your community than the others.

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Six ways to present quick links on your intranet homepage

Synopsis: See six different examples of how companies have designed the quick links on their intranet homepages, with screenshots and analysis.

Source: Posted by EphraimJFEphraimJF 22 days, 9 hours, 25 minutes ago

Do you Need a Cloud Based Intranet?

If I had five bucks for every time someone talked about ‘the Cloud’ in conjunction with intranet software, I would surely be able to fly our team off to Brazil to watch the World Cup finals!

Investing in a cloud-based, SaaS (Software as a Service) model, for corporate enterprise intranets is a hot trend that continues to build momentum in the market.

Having said that, interestingly, when we talk to our Intranet Connections customers about making the move to ‘the Cloud’, the answer is – No, they will not. Perhaps many of them are not interested in moving their on-premise intranet to a cloud-based intranet because a large maj...

Source: Posted by IntranetConnectionsIntranetConnections 26 days, 17 hours, 5 minutes ago

5 intranet features you shouldn’t live without

Is your intranet being used frequently amongst your employees? Have you managed to get your least technology savvy employees on board and embracing your intranet in their everyday activity? If the answer is hmmm, not sure or no then carry on reading, you may just be missing one of the ‘must have’ features that our customers find vital to the success of their intranets.

Source: Posted by InteractIntranetInteractIntranet 27 days, 20 hours, 26 minutes ago

Crowdsourcing a department’s glossary | Ellen's Digital Workplace

It was interesting to see 2 posts in my blogosphere last week about using wiki’s for enterprise acronyms, one from Mark Morrell and one from Thoughtfarmer.

I agree with this:The Wiki is a great tool for co-creationA repository of enterprise acronyms, or a company dictionary, or a jargon buster, or a company glossary, will be very useful for every organizationThe repository is essential to speed up onboarding of new employeesGiving employees the option to help build the repository is a wonderful idea

However, I still totally disagree with using a wiki for the company glossary. The main reason: you do not want everyone to be able to change official descriptions.

Here’s how I created a departmental glossary.

Source: Posted by 19 days, 23 hours, 41 minutes ago

Resurrecting your intranet from near-death

Your intranet may be neglected, or even grinding to a halt owing to age. Whether you mean to revamp or replace it, here are some ideas to help you improve it now.

Source: Posted by WedgeWedge 27 days, 21 hours, 16 minutes ago

Early-bird tickets available for Intranet Now | Intranet Now

‘Intranet Now’ is the brand new UK conference for everyone who contributes to the intranet.

Join us on Tuesday, 2nd of September in central London for a full day focusing on how the intranet is best used to support business goals.

Source: Posted by WedgeWedge 18 days, 20 hours, 11 minutes ago

Animated intranet launch videos to excite and delight » Interact Intranet

Using video to promote the launch or relaunch of a new intranet is a great way to gain exposure and engage employees.

We have seen some great videos over the past 12 months and have been extremely impressed with the design and messaging that has been used to ensure our customers and others have launched their intranet with a bang!

If you are looking for some inspiration for your own intranet launch video then here are some of the best videos that have worked towards ensuring high adoption levels and employee excitement towards their company intranet.

Source: Posted by RachelIntranetRachelIntranet 19 days, 19 hours, 58 minutes ago

Why sites keep you coming back for more | Mark Morrell Intranet Pioneer

The sites I use most frequently for the latest news or to order something I want to buy or to help me with a problem e.g. travel directions are not unique sites. There are alternative sites I could choose to use but I don’t. I keep using the same ones. Why is that?

Firstly the site I keep using obviously meets my needs but if we take news sites as an example there are many that provide the latest news. It is not just that it provides me with news, there are other reasons why. A new design may be compelling for the first time and new features may also ...

Source: Posted by markmorrellmarkmorrell 29 days, 41 minutes ago

13 Weird, Wacky and Fun Intranet Ideas & Features | Intranet Extranet Blog

We’ve come up with 13 downright weird, wacky and fun intranet ideas and features. Some of these suggestions are so crazy they might just work, others, we’re happy to admit, should never see the light of day. 

 Reminders from your Mum

To make sure your day is full of tasks and reminders from both your work and family life, the Mum Reminder is the perfect solution. If your Mum hasn’t received a response, she can use the medium of the corporate intranet to channel her disappointment, and to rally support from your colleagues with her campaign of shaming you into action. 

 Random Intranet Cat Generator 

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Source: Posted by michaelchrimichaelchri 30 days, 12 minutes ago
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