Most organizations have an employee or workforce portal. It’s likely fairly well-maintained and useful but rarely is it something that engages employees and makes them more productive. That’s the reality we’d experienced over and over as we worked with organizations on their talent management and data from an IHRIM (International Association for Human Resource Information Management) and Appirio survey bears this out as well. The survey conducted by Appirio and IHRIM provides an HR practitioner’s view of employee portals based on responses representing over 130 companies across industries and geographies.
Most organizations have a portal and it’s somewhat valuable
Social or mobile features are true game-changers for HR
For more details, check out the survey results here
Your employee portal represents a huge untapped opportunity for HR and your company. Employee engagement is critical to success in today’s business environment and the portal can become a big driver of engagement. The good news is that cloud platforms and applications like Salesforce, Google, Workday and Cornerstone OnDemand make it easier than ever before to create an engaging social intranet. But, the key to creating an engaging intranet is not just providing the right features such as social or mobile but really putting the employee, rather than HR, at the center of the design process. Virgin America did this with their social intranet and has seen engagement go up by a factor of 6.
We’re excited about the potential of social intranets and want to make it easy for organizations to get started so we’re launching a new social intranet solution that can help organizations deploy a social and mobile intranet in as little as 4 weeks. The solution includes:
Employees today expect a consumer-grade experience at work, like they do in their personal lives, and they’ll gravitate toward and be more effective at companies that can provide them that type of experience. Companies that provide their employees with the tools to connect with each other, work better together and work from anywhere, on any device will be far more attractive to potential employees. The workforce of the future is going to be more mobile, more social and completely distributed. To engage this type of workforce, companies are going to need a new type of workplace. Is a social and mobile intranet the end all? Certainly not, but it’s the foundation of your future workplace and it’s a great place to get started quickly and create excitement among your employees!
Is your employee portal engaging employees? Do you have questions about creating a workplace that’s designed for a mobile, social and global workforce? Tweet us @appirio or leave us a comment!
As Appirio’s vice president of marketing strategy and solutions, Balakrishna Narasimhan (“Nara”) leads Appirio’s corporate and solution marketing, content strategy, sales enablement, and customer programs. Nara spends a great deal of time with industry influencers, customers and Appirio’s own sales and delivery team to understand the technology and trends that shape business in today’s global economy.