5 Ways To Empower Employees With An Enterprise Social Network

Empower Employees

Just how important are your employees to your organisation? A recent Gallup study revealed that companies with world-class employee engagement have an earning per share (EPS) growth rate 3.9 times higher than those with lower engagement. That sounds pretty important. It tells us that employees are the driving force behind a company’s success.

Columnist Rachel Happe also supports this fact in her article on explaining Social Business benefits by linking employee satisfaction to revenue, profitability, and happiness. With an enterprise social network, you can empower workers by giving them the tools and culture they need to excel independently and as a team. Let’s explore 5 ways a social platform can put an A-list workforce at the hub of your business.

1. Permission to Speak Freely

Business social software creates a neutral environment where social interactions occur naturally. Your employees can engage in open discussions as a unified team, or break off into groups by department, topic, interest, etc. With an enterprise social network, even the “quiet” employees in your organisation can speak up and be heard.

In fact, you might be surprised by whose voice rises to the top of your conversations. Your shy IT admin could very well become your company’s most inspiring contributor. One of the main benefits of an enterprise social network is that your employees can build strong collaborative relationships, while enjoying the freedom to connect openly with one another.

2. Tools to Excel

With useful features like searchable knowledge bases and rich user profiles, an enterprise social network equips your employees with everything they need, right at their fingertips. As your employees get acclimated with your enterprise social network, a few “rock stars” may emerge.

For example, your Marketing Manager could come up with an interesting idea for a new white paper. She starts a draft in a Wikidoc and invites colleagues from Sales and Engineering to help. In addition to writing a great paper, the project members can get up to speed on the new social network tools – as they work together. They can also work out any operational kinks that may arise, and help set a precedent for how future projects are handled.

With simple procedures to follow, and available resources just clicks away, your employees are able to work better together and more independently.

3. A Culture of Solidarity

An enterprise social network helps establish a ‘one for all and all for one’ mentality across your organisation. When employees work together toward common goals, they feel a part of a something greater that extends beyond their day-to-day tasks.

This spirit of group solidarity inspires employees to work harder and better for and with each other. They’re in this thing together, and every action counts. By uniting teams, departments, and distributed offices into one social platform, you ultimately build a reliable and efficient workforce empowered by teamwork.

4. Space for Self-Expression

An enterprise social network is your employees platform to express their unique thoughts and personalities. They can come together in one place to discuss ideas, share opinions, and ask questions. Employees can also assert individuality with user profiles that tell others who they are and what they’re about. In a sea of many voices, the opportunity to speak ones mind and demonstrate expertise is a great morale booster.

By encouraging self-expression, you also open the door to company innovation. If , for example, a Senior Engineer has a brilliant plan for a new product feature, your team can quickly start the development process with the collaboration tools you need right there in one place.

5. Ability to Claim Authority

Employees like to feel a sense of authority in the roles they fill. With collaboration software, you can take ownership of your projects and responsibilities by easily managing tasks and working in collaborative workspaces. Employees also assume greater accountability for their work since activities and conversations are tracked in one online platform.

An enterprise social network is a great environment to nurture subject matter experts, by giving your employees a place to share their expertise. Being an authority on a topic is a great confidence builder because you earn respect from your peers and supervisors.

A cultural shift

An enterprise social network can transform your varied workforce of creative types, analytical minds, and ‘out-of-the-box’ thinkers into one community, working together to help your business reach it’s full potential. It’s really not about introducing yet another piece of software into the mix. It’s about changing the way your organisation operates by placing your greatest assets—your employees—in a winning position.

So, are your employees sitting at the helm of your company? If not, maybe it’s time to consider an enterprise social network.

In January 2011, JL Valente was appointed Chairman and CEO to bring additional enterprise software leadership to the blueKiwi team. His software experience spans over 25 years at an international level in the software industry. Prior to blueKiwi, JL was President and CEO of RiverMuse, an IT Operations software start-up and before that executive Chairman of CITTIO, a network & system management software start-up. He also led the Americas Operations of InfoVista, and marketing and business development at Viasoft as Senior Vice President. JL also spent 10 years with CA, where he ran marketing for the information management division. JL’s objectives at blueKiwi are simple but ambitious. Equip every business professional with an enterprise social software account. Beyond the usual growth objectives of any start-up, JL is committed to ensuring the success of blueKiwi’s customers and accelerating the adoption of its enterprise social software in the marketplace through careful listening and with intellectual honesty.