Many companies realise that a social workplace is also a productive workplace, with better employee collaboration and more job satisfaction. To create a social workplace, some companies choose enterprise social software, while others rely on their existing Intranets to share and access information.
A good example of how companies are becoming more social is the French IT services company, SQLI. Their transition to a social workplace demonstrates the 5 reasons why an enterprise social network works better than an Intranet for social collaboration.
1. Cultivate a community for your company
An enterprise social network (ESN) creates an environment where employees connect and work together. Employee engagement establishes a corporate culture based on teamwork. In SQLI’s case, their 2100 employees scattered across France, Switzerland and Benelux stay connected on one social platform. As a team they discuss ideas, share stories, debate topics, etc. Together they make up a unique social community.
2. Work with your colleagues in real time
With a company social network, all internal activity takes place live and in the moment. Employees respond faster to questions and accomplish more with real-time discussion forums and simple collaboration applications. SQLI employees enjoy instant access to important resources, and stay on top of multiple projects with collaborate workspaces created for various departments and services.
3. Improve how your company operates from within
To get your business running smoothly, you can establish processes and policies using collaborative software. For example, SQLI employees get informed with access to a collaborative knowledge base; sales reps stays competitive with access to information on key accounts, and employees work together faster in collaborative workspaces. With one platform for all, tasks stay in sync and social networking activity is kept in house.
4. Make your workforce the center of your organisation
An enterprise social network takes an organisation of talented individuals and gives them tools to innovate and collaborate under one roof. And it’s the employee conversations, tasks, and priorities that dictate a company’s overall success. Thanks to enterprise collaboration software, SQLI is it’s own community built on transparency, meritocracy, and collaboration.
5. Create one space for all
Bringing your internal activity into one social workplace is a great way to keep your company organized, in check, and running smoothly. It is the one place where Sales and Marketing can live in harmony. (Stay tuned for more on that!). SQLI’s private social network provides one space where teams share business and technical information, identify company experts, create project teams, and build proposals. They have an all-in-one collaborative workspace.
So, why are Intranets getting trumped?
The answer is simple: Intranets were never designed to be social. It’s not in their DNA. They are passive tools mostly used for hosting documentation. And it’s typical for only a few members of an organisation to control what information is stored on the company Intranet and how it is accessed. Intranets simply lack the collaboration and communication tools that people—not businesses—need to work together quickly and efficiently.
By adopting a social network, SQLI has successfully managed to connect dispersed workers and teams, putting talent at the core of the company. With social networking transforming how we work and engage, maybe it’s time to consider a more effective collaboration tool.