Intranet Design

4 Best Practices for Evolving Internal Communications to Digital

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Summary:
Many organizations switching from email, and analog communication channels (like this bulletin board above) struggle with adoption of their new intranet platform. These 4 best practices below will boost your engagement, build efficient communication strategy which includes people content, cultivates company culture, and promotes openness.

Internal communications are often associated with email blasts to everyone in the company or bulletin boards hanging in the staff area. Keeping track of updates and distributing important information in this way is not only time consuming, but often times ignored by employees.

With digital tools available, such as intranet, internal communications have evolved, but adoption rates often vary.

Here are the best practices that can help you get the most out of your digital communication tools.

1. Develop internal communications strategy

Switching from manual, bulletin board-style or email communication to digital involves a few more things than just moving your old content to the intranet.

Here are key questions about content you need to consider:

Purpose

  • What is the purpose of communication (educate, inform, call to action?)

  • Does your communication cultivate the culture?

  • Can you re-purpose stories featured externally with slight adjustments?

Frequency

  • How urgent is the communication?

  • How often things get posted/updated?

  • Does the publication schedule overwhelm your users?

  • How will the frequency scale with organization?

  • When do posts expire?

Audience and Roles

  • Does the communication need to be targeted to specific audiences?

  • Will leadership content be active on the intranet?

  • Who can post and where?

  • Who moderates content (if staff can post)?

Avoid

  • Duplicating the content. People will come to the intranet if your original content is available on the intranet and not in numerous other places they used to come before.

  • Only featuring leadership content. People love to hear stories and not just important communication.

2. Feature employee content

Employee content has many different forms and is a great way to engage others.

Interesting Fact: People are psychologically drawn to individual stories rather than statistics. This is related to how our brain loves to associate and relate our own experiences through the lens of others. In psychological studies, people remembered content presented through individual story much better than the same content in a form of generalization or statistic.

Here are few ideas to include engaging employee content on your intranet:

  • Shout-outs or kudos

    • Gives an opportunity to inform everyone about who was working on what, which goals have been met, and which members of the team are collaborating well.

    • Executives also appreciate this type of content to see how employees are performing.

  • Crowdsourcing ideas or feedback site

    • Gives people an opportunity to provide valuable feedback and have others agree and comment

    • Excellent at building culture of collaboration, improvement and transparency.

  • People news

    • Provides a channel for employees to share their experiences at a conference, industry event, customer story etc.

    • Promotes awareness beyond corporate type of content.

    • Encourages other to contribute

3. Cultivate company values

Out of several tools and types of content mentioned above, building culture is the desired outcome for the majority. Communication is not just about building awareness, it’s also about reinforcing the culture through examples.

At Sharemuch one of our core values is Empathy. We try to embody that in the content we feature and highlight examples of empathy in executive decisions, employee and customer relations, and product strategy. Many of the stories we feature is how understanding and empathizing with customer pain points helped build amazing user experience on our recent projects.

Be sure to feature the content not just from the management team but also from the broader team. Content featured from the entire spectrum of the organization is perceived as more genuine and less scripted.

The communications team can leverage spotlight-type articles in their editorial calendar and help key contributors provide information for a spotlight story. For these spotlight type of articles, it’s best if the content shows as posted by the original author. This will draw attention and encourage other to submit their story.

4. Build areas for feedback and discussion

Companies which have an area for idea and feedback promote a culture of openness. To encourage employees to submit feedback, enable comments and likes so that the most popular ideas get featured at the top.

If you plan to add idea crowdsourcing to your intranet, here are the things to determine:

  • Set categories for submitted ideas to keep submissions on topic

    • Examples: Offices, Technology, Process, People, Facilities etc

  • Assign a moderator to update ideas as actioned/more information required/in progress

    • This is also a way to get back to the employee who submitted the idea

One of the ways for promoting this new area might be featuring a bright new idea in a company newsletter and mentioning that this was brought up using idea crowd-sourcing tool.

In Summary

Switching your communication to digital doesn’t have to be cumbersome. It requires a communication plan and strategy. Don’t forget to engage influencers within your organization to drive the content on your site to encourage others to contribute.

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Social Intranet Features: What are They and How To Use Them

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Summary:
Social intranets have a lot to offer, they are more than just an opportunity to bring people together. With a right mix of social tools and planning you will harness creative ideas locked in minds of your employees. Boost engagement and support for your social intranet features by featuring key contributions in existing channels such as company news.

What makes an intranet a social one?

Social intranet is a term often used to describe an intranet which uses features traditionally found in social media apps such as Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and so on. These features are packed into a product which now allows your staff to use them in a company context.

How it evolved

Traditionally intranets were targeted for employees to get their work done in a top down manner. Where information was authored by a department and distributed to employees.

In this scenario employees needed the following features:

  • Ability to search for files

  • Share documents and deliverables

  • Read company updates

  • Access policies

With the nature of the work changing to be more collaborative, processes are becoming less rigid as long as they align to a regulation (if there one for a given process). There are still departments but teams are being formed with cross-departmental members to work on a given project.

Those team members are often distributed and work independently on few tasks

Naturally this change calls for a different set of features:

  • Ability to instantly communicate

  • Find SMEs and contributors

  • Track tasks

  • Collaborate outside of organization

An intranet delivering on the demands from above is considered a social one.

Do you need a social intranet?

Question of Fit

It’s a question of organizational culture not just a technology initiative.

Here is how you can assess this question:

  • Think about your intranet as your digital office, do they match?

  • If you were to roll out some of the social intranet features (see further), will it jive with your culture? Or will it sounds off brand?

From ‘have to know‘ To ‘want to know‘

In the workplace with more social attributes the paradigm shifts from ’have to know, because’:

  • '“I’m required to know, my boss told me”

  • “To know what’s the process, because I don’t want to break rules“

  • “To know what are the expectations, so I don’t get in trouble“

To ‘what to know, because‘:

  • “I am accountable for the outcome, I want to succeed”

  • “I need to find a solution, to make the best outcome“

  • “I need to know who can help me, because I recognize other exterts“

Question of Cost

You don’t need a social intranet to have a fully functioning workplace, but sure pays to have one:

  • Social intranet features are aimed at reducing employee disengagement

  • Gallup estimates that 17.2% of workforce in the US is actively disengaged

    • Absenteeism

    • Missing deadlines

    • Negatively influencing employees that are engaged

  • In organization of 300 people that’s 50+ employees actively disengaged

  • Gallup also estimates cost of disengagement, and that is 34% of median salary

    • Disengaged employees are still productive but you loose more than 1/3 of their productivity

  • For organization of 300 (where 50 employees are disengaged) with average salary of 70K this translates to: 1,200,000/year in lost wages

What are some of the social intranet features?

Make it Work-Relevant

Every intranet feature you see below depends on the content.

The content needs to be work-relevant, otherwise it’ll become a dumping ground, here are some of the examples of work-relevant social content:

  • Posts related to the conference or a trade show attending

  • Posts about new industry trend

  • Interesting opportunity to attend external training or a competition

  • Idea related to a common customer request

  • Idea related to a process improvement

Here is a list of the most common social-work features:

  • Employee News

    • Example: Post your lessons learnt while at an industry conference

    • Employees get to contribute news posts

    • Employees get to tag their news (this is also the best way to organically self moderate the news posts so make sure to have clear categories and avoid the “miscellaneous”)

    • Moderator can approve posts

    • Other employees can comment and “like“ posts

  • Idea and Feedback Crowdsourcing

    • Example: Suggest lunch and learn on a new technology and see how many would like to attend

    • Employees get to nominate new ideas

    • Employees tag their idea (same self-moderation applies here as in Employee News)

    • Others get to comment and “like“ submissions

    • Most commented or liked ideas get to bubble up to the top

    • Moderator gets to tag ideas as they get through the “idea pipeline” … this also provides feedback as to what happened to the idea

  • Topic Discussion Channels with Office 365 Teams

    • Example: Rally potential participants in an external industry hackathon

    • Employees get to start a new channel in Teams

    • Others get to contribute

  • Staff Recognitions

    • Example: Give kudos to hackathon participants

    • Employees get to nominate someone for a job well done

    • Tags can include company values

    • Others can “thumb up“ or “star“ the nomination

  • Employee WIKI and How-To

    • Example: Suggest steps on how to create how-to GIFs

    • Employees get to create a how-to in a specific category

    • Moderators can approve the how to

    • Others get to rate the quality of the how to

    • Number of views gets tracked to showcase the popularity

How to roll out social intranet features?

Any intranet requires at least a part-time intranet manager as described in: 7 Reasons Why Your Intranet is Becoming Stale and Deserted. Social intranet also requires content moderation.

Before moderation, you need to assess how a specific feature you’re planning to introduce is going to be useful and what are the steps to roll it out.

Let’s assume you’re planning to add idea crowdsourcing to your intranet, here are the things to determine:

What are the categories for each submitted idea?
Who will be moderating submitted ideas?
How will you get back to the employee who submitted the idea?
How will you encourage staff using this new area and check whether new ideas are submitted?

One of the ways for promoting this new area might be featuring bright new idea in a company newsletter and actually mentioning that this was brought up by using idea crowd-sourcing tool.

We’re here to help

Struggling with a bland intranet? At Origami, we work with you to identify the culture fit and features to get your intranet buzzing again. We set you up with tools and templates to help maintain your new intranet with efficiency and ease. Have a chat with us and see examples of brilliant social intranets and digital workplace solutions we helped to build for our customers.

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Intranet Design Trends for 2019

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Summary: Among the top intranet design trends for 2019, these stood out: focus on Information Architecture to improve information findability, reduced average time to build an intranet using pre-built structures and tools , and finally focus on involving intranet team stakeholders to represent wider audience of the business.

Intranet Teams and Stakeholders

Your Intranet Team composition plays a vital role in how your intranet will be designed, launched, and adopted.

An Intranet team includes:

  • Project team, which is the team of stakeholders who design the intranet.

  • Operational team, which is a team of authors and support staff to help run the intranet once it’s launched

Intranet Project includes the following roles:

  • Representative from each of main Content Areas

    • Communications

    • Human Resources

    • IT

    • Other areas of the business, such as “Safety”

  • Project Manager

  • Project Sponsor

While the operational team usually consists of:

  • Intranet Manager

  • Content authors

  • Support staff

The trend has been showing that the best intranets out there, have on average, 10 intranet stakeholders (Project + Operational team) for a small or medium size organization, and up to 20 stakeholders in a large organization.

Intranet Stakeholder Team Size for Award Winning Intranets as tracked by Nielsen Norman each year

Intranet Stakeholder Team Size for Award Winning Intranets as tracked by Nielsen Norman each year

These are not all full-time roles, although larger organizations commonly have a full-time intranet manager and one dedicated support staff member. The rest are part-time resources: content writers and contributors.

The key for the intranet project team is to have even distribution among your key content area owners. This allows for even representation for your organization audience rather than heavy focus on just key areas, such as: IT or Communications.

We also recommend measuring outputs in your design workshops to ensure that input received from a small group of stakeholders doesn’t carry bias. Here is how we recommend measuring outputs from the information architecture sessions produced by an intranet team.

Organization Staff Size Intranet Project Team Size Operational Team Size (FTE)
100 6 0.5
1000 7 1
10,000 9 2

Here is also a guide on how many stakeholders to include in your intranet teams (project + operational) relative to the size of the organization:




Focus on Information Structure

The key goal for an intranet apart from communication is to help staff find information: Forms, Guides, Policies, Templates, Business Resources etc.

Organizations have seen over the years that staff struggle when looking for information in structures which haven’t been designed with Information Architecture (IA) usability principles in mind. Traditionally, the findability issue has been attempted to be solved with extensive branding and custom development.

Organizations have observed that well thought out IA design helps their users achieve better usability and adoption results as compared to extensive branding and customizations.

As more companies realize this, IA design is one of the growing trends during the intranet design phase.

Office 365 Hub Sites

Even with Microsoft’s introduction of hub sites, the issue of well-designed IA doesn’t go away, since information architecture still needs to be considered even though it’s easier to move the sites around. Here is more about the impact of hub sites and things to know.

Reduced Development Time

Rollout times have decreased dramatically over the past 5 years. Typical intranet project lasted about a year for a larger organization before it’s rolled out. This is a significant reduction from the previous years as you can see from the chart below produced with data from Nielsen Norman research.

Using pre-built solutions reduce that timeline. Medium sized organizations can deploy and launch intranets in 6-8 months or less.

Here is the historical trend for larger organizations:

Average number of years typical larger sized organization has invested in creating an intranet according to Nielsen Normal research. The trend for the past 5 years is about 13 months to create and launch an intranet.

Average number of years typical larger sized organization has invested in creating an intranet according to Nielsen Normal research. The trend for the past 5 years is about 13 months to create and launch an intranet.

Another streamlining factor is that organizations are taking more agile approaches. The most suitable method is building an intranet with minimal viable release first and deploying incremental updates after the intranet has launched.

Minimal viable release still focuses on key goals for the intranet, which means laying the foundational core components such as user interface design and IA design. This aspect is confirmed by a measuring only award-winning intranets according to Nielsen Norman.


Most Popular Features

Intranet feature trends for 2019 include the following top 10 picks:

  • News and Events + Targeting

    • Most organizations’ primary mechanism for sharing information, company news, employee news and events. Targeting news to a particular role or location is another growing trend for organizations of larger size and distributed workforce.

  • Employee Directory

    • Common across organizations small and large is the directory of staff. The growing trend is to have the data in the directory auto-populated from Office 365, reducing room for data entry error and keeping the directory up-to-date.

  • Forms Directory

    • This is commonly requested to help staff find relevant forms.

  • Templates and Samples Directory

    • Another common feature aimed at retaining knowledge and building consistency in deliverables companies are producing.

  • How-To Directory

    • Commonly used for employees (newly onboarded more frequently) to find common tips on for example: how to use suppliers, order services, work specific technology etc.

  • Policies Directory

    • Similar to How-To, a place for staff to find company rules and engagement steps in a single easy to find place.

  • Project Directory

    • With many organizations working projects-based (internal or external), the need for a centralized project directory and ability to locate project sites is growing.

  • Workflow automation and Self Serve

    • The demand for self-serve is on the rise whether it’s a request to provision a new project site, or track HR processes and collect signatures.

  • Mobility

    • Mobile responsive rendering is growing in demand due to staff accessing intranets from mobile devices.

  • Department Sites

    • Department sites are still a common ask among customer who would like to provide department specific information and content on their department site.

Conclusion

In summary, among top intranet design trends for 2019, we have: increased focus on Information Architecture to make information much easier to find, reduced average time to build and intranet and using pre-built intranets to achieve that, and finally more focus on involving intranet team stakeholders representing wider audience of the business.

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Branding an Intranet: Guidelines for Logo, Name, and Style

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Intranet branding is often confused with the user interface design. Although user interface is part of the brand there are more elements to it such as: intranet logo, intranet name, tone of writing, and design.

In this post we’ll take a look at some of the best practices when it comes to branding your intranet to make it relatable to your organization.


Style Guide & Theme

When building a brand new or redesigned intranet, many organizations reuse their public-facing website style guide.

Style guides typically contain:

  • Logo usage guidelines

  • Colors

  • Fonts and typography

  • Image usage best practices etc

There is nothing wrong with using your public-facing style guide for an intranet, but it’s important not to copy the public website’s look and feel completely.

Here is why:

Avoid Source Confusion

Often times intranet contains links to your public site. We’ve seen users confused when they click on the link in the intranet and end up on the public site thinking they’re still on the intranet. This is more typical for intranets which have near-identical design as the public site. Try to avoid that.

Remember Intranet Use Cases

Another element to consider are the types of devices people will be using when working with the intranet. This will dictate:

  • Supported screen resolutions. Intranets typically support wider screens to utilize screen real estate for document management

  • How you present content on the site. Intranet users come to your intranet much more often and content needs to be optimized for quick access.

  • How do you handle mobile devices. Mobile is less prominent for the intranet and you may save budget with only branding key areas where mobile access is important, as opposed to entire site.

Remember Intranet Audience

How and what you target as your intranet audience will drive what content should be on it.

Content targeted to employees and staff is different from content you write on the web. The table below illustrates how the audience and technology is quite different between platforms.

Public sites usually have a dedicated team authoring and maintaining the content. Intranet in turn is usually a part-time team of contributors.

 

Audience

Technology

Capabilities

Public-facing website

Millennials

Opensource that’s highly flexible

Full-time large team, fair budget, fair timeline

Intranet

Millennials, Gen-X, Baby Boomers

Intranet solution (ex.: Office 365) that does the heavy lifting, but dictates much of the UI design

Part-time small team, small budget, short timeline

Source: Nielsen Norman Group

Style Guide Best Practices

With that, here are the best practices on what to use from your public facing website style guide, and things to consider:

  • Don’t overbrand it or make it into an art showcase

    • Remember who your users are and what they need from an intranet

    • Don’t deviate from corporate branding to the point of being unrecognizable

  • Don’t replicate the public site look

    • It will set unnecessary expectations and confuse others

  • Keep fonts and colors

  • Keep page header simple

    • Majority of real estate will be used for document management; avoid taking up space

Intranet Name

The intranet name is another important aspect of branding. In fact, there are many strategies to help you come up with a creative name for your intranet including crowdsourcing with your staff.

Organizations are often afraid that crowdsourcing will produce really bad results and the company will have to either stick with it or come up with a better name. There are strategies you can use to avoid a negative outcome.

Define Intranet Purpose

It all starts with why you’re rolling out the intranet. Your staff (even if it’s just a handful of decision makers) needs to agree on that. It can’t just serve or be understood by one or two people.

Is your intranet there to:

  • Help people connect

  • To help find information

  • Document management

  • Employee engagement

  • All of the above?

Define key goals behind the intranet and come up with the name that suites that goal.

For example, the name “watercooler” sounds like it’s geared towards employee news, events and other employee related topics and not much of a place for corporate information or document management. If that’s your goal for the intranet - then it’s great; if not, you might want to reconsider.

Some Bad Examples

Avoid naming your intranet with generic terms such as:

  • “SharePoint”

  • “Intranet”

  • “Portal”

  • “[company name] Portal”

  • Abbreviations

  • Lengthy names

  • Hard to pronounce names

NOTE: Intranet URL and intranet name are not one and the same

Your intranet URL can be sharemuch.sharepoint.com due to naming restrictions but have a meaningful name for the site itself which can be used for as an intranet logo.

Logo

Intranet logo is best when it’s clear and simple, and includes your intranet name.

Things to consider:

  • Ensure you maintain square proportions as much as possible

    • Office 365, for example, uses the logo everywhere on the site and in some places, you can’t control how the system resizes it.

  • Avoid all white color logo

    • Again, office 365 out-of-the-box components use this logo everywhere. In some places you may end up with “blank” square if your logo is completely white.

  • Avoid intranet name + company logo together

    • The issue is here is that users may be confused which logo they should click on to get “back to home,“ as the logo is often link to the home page.

    • Another issue is that it increases the length of the logo and Office 365 may squeeze or resize the image, making it look disproportionate or cut off.


Footer

The purpose of the footer is to help the user find other important pages on the site and contact information for the intranet team.

It’s become common to have a large footer on the intranet and mimic site top navigation in it. It’s not a bad strategy but there are few things to consider:

  • Ensure links and information in the footer are up to date

    • Top navigation usually changes with the site structure automatically, the footer often gets forgotten and links become broken or obsolete.

  • Avoid social media icons in the footer especially if you have social media feeds on the site - this becomes duplicate information.

  • Keep number of sections less than 7 (see below; 4 sections already look busy)

  • Avoid making it flashy, it’s just a footer

SharePoint Intranet Article Page.png

Conclusion

Intranet branding goes beyond the colors of the site. It’s about the purpose and serving the content to the right audience. Make it relatable and unique enough from your company public site but not an art project on its own. Remember the resources typically available for maintaining the intranet are less than that for public site and those need to be considered.

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6 SharePoint Intranet Examples and Templates

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Having an essential set of templates for your intranet pages radically cuts down on time required to build new and maintain existing content. If those templates are well designed, modern and user friendly, and your content hierarchy is well designed, the adoption rates and user satisfaction increase exponentially.

We've put together several of our favorite design configurations all built using Origami to help you come up with some amazing ideas. With a just little bit of content, you have a shiny new intranet design waiting for you.

Intranet Home Page

Intranet Home page is essential and yet is often over-branded or under-branded.

Here are few important considerations for the intranet home page:

  • Ensure your intranet has a clear name and logo

  • Use corporate colors

  • Easily accessible search

  • No need to brand quick links, just make them prominent

  • Clear and well designed navigation

  • Access to [view more] details in tools and apps

Intranet Information Landing Page - clear headings and sections describe groups of content on the page. Set of links [Popular Content] helps users identify forms, templates, and other articles they may want to read.

Intranet Landing Page

Landing pages for some of the key areas of the site are a must for several reasons:

  • They provide a place for users to land as they navigate the breadcrumb

  • They group similar content and help new users not yet familiar with the hierarchy

  • They are the perfect area for KPI’s, apps and widgets which display summary of information on lower levels of the site

    • For example: systems availability widget can sit on a landing page for “Business Resources“ with a link to more details. Without this design pattern the intranet would be just full of links.

Below is an example of simple yet functional landing page for departments and projects where users can navigate to the department workspace or find the project they’re working on.

SharePoint Intranet Landing Pages.png

Intranet Resource Hub

One level below each landing page is in most cases an Intranet Resource Hub.

Here are some examples of how this template is used on a typical intranet:

  • Who We Are page

  • Delivery Processes

  • Employee Benefits Information

  • KnowledgeBase hub

  • Training Site

  • New Employee Site

These are sub landing areas with content produced by one more departments serving a particular business function.

This simple yet common design makes up for the majority of intranet information pages. The main strength of this page design is the simplicity. Users expect to quickly scan the content for what they're looking for, and this design delivers just that very well.

SharePoint Intranet Resource Hubs.png

This page uses the 2 column layout available in SharePoint out-of-the-box. It takes just few min to manually put together content on this page with combination of Origami and SharePoint tools.

Intranet Hub Content Page

Below each hub, of course are article pages delivering simple access to content whether it’s a set of document libraries or just a page with relevant information. Here is an example of this design.

SharePoint Intranet Article Page.png

Few things to note here: Contacts, and breadcrumb.

Contacts app will help with governance and allow the reader to contact relevant SME for this area instead of IT or Communications. Breadcrumb helps with context of this page.

Forms and Templates Center

If there is one area each intranet should have, it's some place where staff can access samples and templates. Samples are essential to knowledge management and retaining organizational knowledge. If more of your staff can find relevant samples, the less work they need to do from the scratch.

Here is an example of how a typical Forms and Templates site looks like:

Forms and Templates Center - helps staff find relevant samples and forms. On the left hand side - [Tags], allows to filter forms by relevant category. Search box and preview panel in a center allows to quickly read more about the form before opening or downloading it. Contact   person allows to quickly reach out in case relevant form doesn't exist. Finally, if there are any recently updated forms, they will automatically show up under [Latest Updates]

Here are the other types sites which can be served using Forms & Templates Center type layout:

  • Resources

  • Glossary Database

  • Policies and Procedures

  • Knowledgebase

Another variation of this design is employee directory tool.

Project Sites

Project sites are often an afterthought and put together as a rudimentary team site with few libraries. Often time for the team member to find a file they have to navigate through folder of arbitrary chosen structure dependent on the project manager who ran that project.

We recommend using a template for your project sites just as you’d use a template for everything else. Typical project site template contains a timeline and key project phases with pre-created repositories to drop off relevant documents. Our template also includes planner tasks and notes which are useful for projects with more than 5 team members.

Here is an example of how the project site looks like in Origami.

SharePoint Intranet Project Site.png

Thanks for making it this far. If you have an existing intranet needing an upgrade, be sure to get in touch with us to see how easy it is to apply these beautiful templates to your existing site.

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@spentsarsky