Your successful intranet will provide employees with an engaging workspace to efficiently complete their daily tasks and securely collaborate with colleagues.
But how can you make your intranet a success? Here are our top tips:
Define your Intranet Purpose
A successful intranet serves a purpose: from communicating organisational and employee related information to promoting cross-departmental collaboration. At the beginning of the project decide on the purpose of your intranet based on employee feedback and make decisions centered around this purpose.
A well-designed, user-centric intranet homepage is a key component to gaining user-adoption and ultimately achieving intranet success.
Effectively, your intranet’s homepage is the starting point for many employees to enable them to fulfil work-related tasks. Putting in the effort to make it both aesthetically pleasing and user-friendly will pay off.
Additional guidelines in creating a beautiful intranet design relate to:
- The creation of a strong intranet brand
- Incorporating corporate branding guidelines
- A unique design to match its employee-centered objectives
- Employee-focused, helpful navigation
Enrol Content Champions
Your intranet should contain up-to-date and relevant content to continuously engage employees; to achieve this, contribution from various departments and project teams will likely be required.
Phased Intranet Improvements
Incrementally roll-out new functionality and improvements to solidify the intranet as being both dynamic and current. These frequent, small-scale improvements will be less daunting to end-users in comparison to ‘big bang’ improvements.
Intranet Functionality to Fulfil Business Needs
Intranet functionality should correlate with your business needs and requirements. It’s important to discover critically-important intranet functionality to enable the intranet team to produce a ‘check-list’. Being aware of both current and future business needs are key factors in the intranet’s long-term success.
Listen to Feedback
Quickly identify intranet pain-points and areas in need of improvement by listening to employee feedback. This is extremely important during the initial launch phase but it should also be an on-going activity to help guide you during those regular incremental improvement phases.
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