Reasons to have an intranet

In this digital age, most businesses with more than a handful of employees will have some type of intranet. Those that don’t might be wondering why they should bother looking at implementing an intranet themselves; after all they’ve made it this far without one, right?

But an intranet offers such significant advantages that even the smallest of organizations should consider having one.

Improve employee relations and retention

An intranet makes communications between management and staff more effective. Managers can ensure their employees have access to the latest company, customer and competitor information how and when they want it, while staff can pass upwards any issues or comments they may have. 

According to financial site The Balance making sure employees know what is expected of them and allowing them to speak their mind to management are key for employee retention and relations.

Improve work/life balance

Happy employees are more productive and one way to raise their levels of happiness is to improve their work/life balance. An intranet can help in this by enabling employees to work effectively from home. Using an internet connection and log in details, staff should be able to get on to their work intranet from wherever they happen to be, giving them access to all the tools and people they need to do their job.

An intranet can also make office workers more efficient during the day, so that they can log off on time if they want to.

Improve the sharing of ideas

In business, two heads are generally better than one. Empowering employees to effectively work together, no matter how far geographically they are apart, helps to formulate and spread ideas that are beneficial to staff and the business. The latest intranets incorporate sophisticated yet easy-to-use communications and collaboration tools that enable employees to work together as if they were at the same desk.

Improve customer service

Well-informed staff are more likely to be of more help to customers. An intranet can alert an employee if a customer action needs completing and gives that employee access to a wealth of corporate and product information in digital form and through communicating with employees.

Improve document control

Working with or even publishing the wrong version of a document can be costly and embarrassing. An intranet can prevent this by helping to organize documents and notifying contributors of any changes. 

In short, an effective intranet solution is a powerful business tool that can enhance engagement, productivity, and efficiency in organizations of any size, helping them to cope with the challenges of today and seize the opportunities of tomorrow.

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