Last July, we posted a blog called Intranet Design 101 which offered four useful tips on how to improve your intranets functionality, design and navigation. Here are some of the ways that you can be creative with our turnkey, out of the box intranet software:
Tip #1 – Make use of new features
When you buy Intranet Connections software, you have a fleet of developers providing new features and functionality to your intranet on a regular basis to take advantage of this!
Tip #2 – Use a clean, fresh design
When you first go live with your intranet, sometimes it’s good to have a bold design theme, lots of graphics and a few boxes on the home page for social-fun content. This helps to drum up interest and attract employees to the new intranet.
Tip #3 – Rethink your navigation
Think Labels. A menu item called “General Information” does what exactly for employees? Now a menu item labeled “Employee Info, Events & Resources” is something I would click on expecting to find value for me, the employee.
PS: if your navigation is NOT at the top of the homepage real estate, move it on up. Navigation first!
Tip #4 – Give users some power
Get your employees involved – you might be surprised at their level of responsibility and ability to share valuable information. For example: Suggestion Box, Discussion Forum, News, Blogs and Knowledge Center are collaboration tools that engage your employees.
We recently redesigned the Utah Community Credit Union and Northern Savings intranets as a thank you for participating in a recent case study. These intranets are used as the central portal for all company information by their employees. Simplifying the navigation and design of the site can increase productivity because it takes users less time to find what they are looking for. Check out the design revisions we completed using our Intranet Connections software:
Utah Community Credit Union Intranet before and after:
Northern Savings Intranet before and after:
Using our Intranet Connections software, we can show clients what their intranet would look like with corporate branding incorporated on their site. We recently branded intranets for BleuBlancRouge and Sonoma Valley Hospital, and here are the results:
Sonoma Valley Hospital Intranet:
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