A Modern Intranet is Your New Digital Workplace

Intranet historically has not been a cool, up-to-date concept. The reputation of intranets has never been great but instead

August 31, 2021
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How would you describe your job to a five year old?
What season would you be?
What is a weird food you have tried? Would you eat it again?
What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Would you go in the mother-ship with aliens if they landed on Earth tomorrow?
What is your favorite season?
Do prefer working from home or the office?
What is your earliest memory of this job?
What is the best thing you have bought so far this year?
What is the earliest book you remember?
If you had to move to another country, which one would you choose?
You are the best criminal mastermind in the world. What crime would you commit if you knew you would get away with it?
What is your favorite movie genre to watch?
What was the last thing you ate?
What person from history would you add to Mount Rushmore?
What is a weird fact you know?
What is your favorite part of working from home?
Were the Spice Girls a good team?
Imagine you can instantly learn any language. Which would you choose?
If you could live in any state, which state would you pick?
Which fictional team is the best team of all time?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
What do you usually eat for a quick lunch?
What simple food will you never eat?
Show us the weirdest thing you have in the room with you right now.
Would you rather stay at a hotel or an AirBNB?
What is your favorite movie genre to watch?
Are you more productive in the morning or at night?
Who is someone in your community that makes a difference?
Who was your most unique pet?
Choose one famous person from history you want on your team during a zombie apocalypse.
What is a good way to give back to the community?
Which song could you listen to over and over again?
Is Hugh Grant funny?
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Would you want to have an imaginary friend today? Did you have one as a child?
What actor or actress would you want to play you in the movie about your life?
What is the best super power?
What is your New Years resolution?
You can only eat one food again for the rest of your life. What is it?
What is the best work holiday?
What is the first gift you remember receiving?
Would you rather join Metallica or Backstreet Boys?
What is the best example of a community you have seen?
What is an easy way to do something nice for someone?
Show us your phone background and tell the story behind why you picked this image.
What was your first job?
Pick any band to play at your funeral.
If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of your life, what would you pick?
Which superpower would you give to your arch enemy?
What is the most obscure superpower you would want?
What emoji best describes how you are feeling right now?
If you could live in any country, which country would you pick?
Would you rather live in a city or a town?
What is your favorite holiday?
What is something you accomplished as part of a team?
What is your standard office lunch?
What is your most used phone app?
What is your favorite season?
Have you ever won something as a team?
Imagine you are a professional baseball player. What is your introduction song?
Beach holiday or ski trip?
Have you ever been to a funny comedy show?
Would you rather live at the North Pole or the South Pole?
What is your favorite song to sing?
If you could live in any state, which state would you pick?
Imagine you could teleport anywhere. Where would you go right now?
What is the most unusual job you have heard of?
What was the last thing you ate?
You can visit any fictional time or place. Which would you pick?
What do your family and friends think you do all day?
What movie do you wish you could watch again for the first time?
Show us your most-used emoji.
What was the most unique style or fashion trend you ever embraced?
What movie defined your generation?
You are stranded on a remote desert island. Are you alone or with your worst enemy?
What is your favorite knock-knock joke?
Have you ever told someone Santa is not real?
Do you know how to speak more than one language?
On a scale of 1 – 10, how much of a team player are you?
What is your #1 recommendation in this city?
What is your favorite holiday?
What bucket list item do you most want to check off in the next six months?
What is your favorite mythical creature?
What was the first way you made money?
If you could be great at any Olympic sport, which would it be?
Which song could you listen to over and over again?
When did you start liking/hating mushrooms?
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Do you take your PTO all at one time, or another way?
Which show do you remember most from your childhood?
Which beverage goes best with pizza?
Would you want to have a personal assistant follow you around everywhere and do what you asked of them?
Have you ever met your idol?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Would you rather live 100 years in the past or 100 years in the future?
What is your hobby?
When you are alone in the car, what volume is the music at?
Imagine you no longer have to work. How would you spend a Tuesday?
What is your favorite type of sandwich?

Intranet historically has not been a cool, up-to-date concept. The reputation of intranets has never been great but instead viewed as a company necessity that doesn't get a lot of use. 

Meet 2021 Intranet - your new digital workplace. Not a dumping ground for outdated, boring files or poorly formatted documents, but rather an online hub for collaboration, knowledge sharing, tools, and communication. Check out these Intranet templates to help you build the workplace intranet that works best for your company. 

Let's dive into a few ways that could make your intranet shine and people engaged: 

Zero in on employee experience 

One of the main reasons tools go unused, or engagement subsides is a horrible employee experience. Today's employees have a very low tolerance for the counterintuitive experience. After all, we all want to get our work done, not figure out why some things take forever to load or file. To prevent employees from abandoning your company intranet, focus on employee experience. Think of intranet as a gateway into your company that helps shape, outline, and distill important information. The second intranet becomes a place where one simply uploads a file without structure, rings the alarm. Lay the system's foundation, organization, and order within your intranet that feels natural and doesn't require many follow-up questions. More is less, even with digital workplaces.

Make it social

Whether you agree with it or not, social collaboration and engagement are the essential parts of the employee's life. Finding a way to make it a part of the routine that doesn't jeopardize productivity is vital. Employees will love the build-in way to communicate and collaborate.

Add a helpful knowledge base

A key ingredient for a successful intranet experience is a valuable knowledge base. Unify all of your institutional knowledge in a single source of truth with a personalized search experience. Make it easy to capture knowledge and even easier to find when you need it. It will be a time-saver to have a place with current and updated information for anyone new to the company or as an update. Consistently reminding employees about the important information found in the knowledge base within the intranet, or even better - getting them to contribute will make it a living and breathing thing. 

Don't forget about idea management

If organizations knew how many great ideas get wasted because there is no way to deliver them to the right people, they would immediately invest in idea management. No one knows the inside and out of the product like the employees. Give them a voice and a place to share ideas/solutions that could end up saving time, driving revenue, or innovation. 

Intranet, aka the new digital workplace, can and should be the heart of the organization. Leave the preconceived notions of what it was behind and step towards a better, easier, and more enjoyable work experience.

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