Hello Intranet Compadres. I’m back with 5 more ways to improve your intranet ROI with time savings and cost savings. In case you missed the first 5 ways to improve intranet ROI, here are #1 thru #5.
There is not a single organization that lacks the need to share information and feedback in a timely, effective manner. From various cohorts who fall outside of the immediate employee groups, such as Board Of Directors, Advisory Groups and Customer Feedback Groups, there is inherent value in tapping these external contributors. The common problem is that many of these external entities do not have quick access to the tools they need to provide REAL VALUE, and there is limited collaboration possible unless those people meet in person or share physical documentation of background information and questions to address. This is where a well developed intranet really bridges the relationships between staff and stakeholders.
Sub-sites on an intranet can be configured to permit a defined group to login, access only the information they require (without having to navigate through reams of data irrelevant to their work) and vote, discuss, respond and contribute in a meaningful and collaborative manner. An intranet brings stakeholders well into the picture where the action is – and that’s true intranet return on investment .
For years, businesses have been proactive in promoting from within. Employees who are already comfortable with company structure, whether they already work within the department, division, or company in general, are likely to be a better fit for the job which means a more quickly filled position and a decrease in employee turnover.
A Job Posting application on your intranet is a quick and simple way to notify your employees first of current or upcoming job openings within the company, and allow them to apply right on the intranet or contact the admin for more information on the position.
Whatever your leadership approach to eliminating unnecessary costs, improving task management, delivering on goals and objectives … the intranet can dynamically showcase the bigger picture quickly. By placing company goals right where everyone can see them, then creating links and tools to help all team members understand the role they may play in getting there, can be a financial game changer.
Every supervisor has experienced the challenges inherent in getting their group to row in the same direction, trying to share information and create two way dialogue isn’t easy. Your intranet becomes the communications hub that drives the concepts you are bringing forward in a way that few other solutions can. The key is engagement, always. Connect. Collaborate. Create.
To me, the best metaphor as clients strategize, plan, design and execute their intranet is “Out-of-the-Box Transformed into Art”. Our intranets truly come “Out-of-the-Box,” ready to deploy. However, their flexibility allows you to turn on and off applications and features, customize your own forms, clone and re-purpose existing applications to meet the needs of your internal business, and create your own user navigation experience. This molding of the intranet to the needs of your specific organization is an art, and a personal journey.
No two intranets are identical – nor should they be. This approach to creating an intranet truly focused on producing tangible value carries risk but also carries the potential to make your organization incredibly successful. Features such as Mega Menu navigation, Application Builder, Form Builder and Simple Theme Editor make customizing your out-of-the-box intranet and molding it to your needs, extremely simple.
Intranets sweat the small stuff on your company’s behalf:
Employees feel more valued, their opinions count, and your intranet can showcase this in so many compelling ways.
I’ve been told that my favorite cliché is: “It’s the Journey, Not the Destination”, which is an indicator of not knowing where the heck you are headed. Fair enough. Then I will turn that phrase for you to consider when contemplating your intranet: “It’s the Destination, Please Make the Journey a Valuable One”.
Share ways you have cut costs or saved time to yield significant intranet ROI. I would love to hear them, please leave your comments below.