From the Gutenberg Press to the cloud, technology, when used correctly, has always had a way of advancing and improving the working world. And with the advent of employee social networks, technology has made its mark once again. While personal social network platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have been dominating the internet for over a decade, the move for a private, employee-centered social network is still a relatively new experience. But just like how personal social networks have reshaped traditional forms of friendship, sharing, and overall communication, employee social networks are positively improving information sharing, employee relationships, and even work opportunities.
Increased Knowledge Management
Undocumented knowledge management has always been a bit of a struggle. Employees transfer to new positions and leave the company, leading to lost knowledge. As a result, future employees either struggle to access existing information or have to redo previous projects. With employee social networks, knowledge management is no longer forgotten or lost in an unknown void of information. Social networks naturally document employee experiences from friendly collaboration conversations to straightforward document sharing. Everything is stored in one centralized area, available anywhere employees have intranet access.
More Connected Employees
Connecting with coworkers and creating positive work relationships is a fundamental factor in employee happiness. Flexible schedules, remote work, multiple offices, and telecommuting teams are all incredibly beneficial. However, they can make building authentic employee connections feel more difficult than ever. At least, if you have to work without a successful employee social network. These networks can make interacting and engaging with coworkers incredibly easy. When peers can form friendships, work is more engaging, enjoyable, and productive all around.
An Open and Inviting Culture
Workplace hierarchy can be a difficult balance in a traditional environment. Employees need to know their supervisors trust them, support their work, and appreciate their efforts. This needs to be done while still maintaining a respectful leadership style. Employee social networks help managers find this balance by creating an open and inviting communication environment. It becomes easy for leaders to follow ideas, see progress report, facilitate discussions, and assign tasks without micromanaging employees. These social networks allow supervisors to participate with employees in a approachable environment, improving relationships across the entire team.
Better Onboarding Experiences
Joining a new organization is always a bit of an intimidating experience. A new environment, company culture, work responsibilities, and so much more can make even the most prepared employee feel a little overwhelmed. While every job will always have its individual learning curve, employee social networks can greatly improve and shorten the overall onboarding experience. New employees can easily connect with coworkers to ask questions, make friends, and successful integrate into the organization. These networks also store important files, documents, and data in easily accessible areas, helping new workers learn work processes and manage information quickly and completely.
Case Study: Leveraging A Social Intranet
Barut Hospitality Management, a Turkish organization with 6 resort hotel locations spread across Turkey, was looking for a social intranet that could connect their workforce and streamline communication and collaboration among their employees.
In need of a solution to better equip their dispersed hotel employees, Barut Hospitality Management began their search for a social intranet that was user-friendly, could assist their compliance efforts, and could support their Turkish employees.
Learn how Barut Hospitality Management was able to leverage a social intranet to transform the way that their employees collaborate and communicate.
Like other technology throughout the ages, employee social networks have come to improve and enhance the everyday work environment. At MangoApps, we take pride in helping companies craft innovative, inviting, and intuitive enterprise social networks designed around their unique strategies and styles. From collaborative workspaces to dedicated news feeds, you’ll find everything employees need within MangoApps.
To learn more, or to see how MangoApps can improve your own organization, contact us or schedule a personalized demo today.