The bond you and your employees have with your intranet is an intimate relationship. As such, you have standards that your intranet must meet in order for that relationship to continue unrestrained. Is your intranet meeting your standards?
As with any healthy relationship, it requires work. Here are a few things to help build a healthy intranet relationship:
Communication is key. A healthy intranet relationship allows for the expression of individual opinions which you and your employees should be able to do on your intranet. If your intranet is not empower you to do so, it may be time to have “the talk” about how your needs are aligning with your intranet solution.
Without setting, communicating and measuring your intranet standards, how is your intranet supposed to grow and improve? Set you and your intranet up for success with measurable goals so that you may properly communicate and engage over your intranet. Alternatively, without setting and applying intranet standards, you may never know whether your intranet is meeting the goals and expectations of your employees and stakeholders.
With Intranet Connections, we offer many ways of fostering this communication including Active Directory Synchronization, chat features, news feeds, and other communication tools that allow you to communicate your thoughts and ideas through your intranet.
Trust is the foundation all successful relationships. If you cannot trust the information provided by your intranet, you and your employees will not use the intranet as the resource it was designed to be. If you are not getting what you need from the relationship with your intranet, you will start to look elsewhere for answers. A wandering eye means you are falling out of love with your intranet solution – it may be time to look for a better match.
At Intranet Connections, we provide tools that ensure your information is never stale, out of date or relevant. Our content management and archiving tools, including automated review/revision dates, archiving fields and content clean-up and approval workflows to make sure the content is validated before it goes out to the community. Check out our Intranet Hoarding Syndrome blog for more ideas on how to keep your content fresh.
But if the jealousy does build, and you aren’t sure whether your intranet is really living up to the intranet standards you have set, you can hire Stats Package P.I. to look into the case. The Intranet Connections Stats Package, provides insight in to the full breakdown of traffic on your intranet, the applications and features being used, as well as the specific logins and visits to individual pages, forms, etc.
A helpful and supportive Intranet Software Partner should be available and knowledgeable to assist you with establishing and executing on your intranet standards. Should you stray, your Intranet Software Partner should help lead you back to the path of meeting your intranet goals and expectations.
At Intranet Connections, we work closely with our stellar clients to ensure successful intranet deployments and long lasting relationships. Our incredible Intranet Connections support team is eager and happy to help with guidance and walking through specific issues as they arise when implementing your intranet or 10 years down the road when your intranet standards have changed.
Intranet relationships should be set with realistic expectations. You cannot expect your intranet to have all the answers, until it has been given all the information. With Intranet Connections users can be delegated site and page administration to manage their specific department/team content and build their community information for all relationships to benefit.
So, with this in mind the question is asked…if your intranet is not living up to the standards, when is it time to call it quits?
Sadly, here at Intranet Connections, we’ve seen many strained intranet relationships as prospects come to look for a different solution. Either the intranet becomes tired and extinct or the passion to resolve the issue is gone. At this point users begin to look elsewhere for what they need. If this is the case…we can help!
Sometimes it’s not the content, it’s the aesthetics. Start you relationship off on the right foot with one of our Intranet Connections Design Packages.
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Let’s be honest, sometimes what you needed 5 years ago just isn’t what you need now. After you have exhausted your intranet partner’s resources, maybe it is just time to look for a intranet solution that is better suited to your current needs.
At Intranet Connections, we have a solid and robust intranet software solution that have been built, modified and refined over the last 14 years. We are actively adding new features and functionality with an average of two new software releases a year and many refinements in between. Find out if Intranet Connections aligns with your intranet standards – request a personal 20-MIN DEMO.
Regardless of the current state of your relationship with your intranet, sometimes it is just good to talk it out. I’d be happy to help as an experienced Intranet Counselor, firstname.lastname@example.org, to discuss ideas on how you can revitalize your relationship with your intranet and put you on the right track to enjoy a happy healthy relationship for years to come.
How do you convey your intranet standards and make your relationship work? Let us know using the comments section below.