The impact of coronavirus on big business has made working from home and flexibility around hours the “new normal”
COVID-19 made working from home and flexible hours the “new normal”, especially for employees of large-scale enterprises. To fight the pandemic workforces moved out of the office en masse and into the spare room.
It’s a move that’s ushered in many benefits: saving time and money, striking a better work-life balance, and increasing (for some) productivity.
However, the challenges for organisations and their employees are just as clear and profound:
Nurturing work culture
Providing accurate information
Keeping employees engaged
Ensuring security standards
Onboarding and upskilling employees remotely
One thing that can help to solve these challenges is a single source of organised and accessible truth — your intranet.
An intranet naturally pulls people together, quickly becoming the common ground your business needs to unite its professionals, no matter where they are.
When an intranet is done properly, it creates the perfect conditions for teams to collaborate, get involved and have more influence in their day-to-day so they can do their best work.
In the UK, a YouGov poll on how the work lives of Britons have been affected found that, in May 2020, 38% of workers were based at home all of the time, with another 8% spending at least part of their time at home. Additionally, the report found that 1 in 5 workers have gone from never having worked at home to now being constantly remote.
While many employers have worked to get their staff back into the workplace over the summer, new lockdowns have put most of these efforts into reverse.
This means organisations again need to feel confident they have the tools to offer remote working and still be able to integrate and engage their people who might never return to work as they once did.
Integrating workers with Invotra Intranet and Portal
Invotra makes integrating members of any team quick and simple. From apps like Groups, BlogsInvotra makes integrating members of any team quick and simple. From apps like Groups, Blogs and Message Wall, which organically grow as people share professional and personal thoughts and interests, to the more formal pages, policies and manuals that are readily accessible for onboarding and training purposes. and Message Wall, which organically grow as people share professional and personal thoughts and interests, to the more formal pages, policies and manuals that are readily accessible for onboarding and training purposes.
Look to the Directory, Team Chart and Org Chart, and the structure and skill sets of any business are clear for everyone to see. Whether you’re the new guy or an old head, with Directory, you’ll find the right person for your latest project without the wild goose chase.
Add to this the ability to integrate any collaboration tools you may already use such as Jira, G Suite or Office 365, and you’ve created a seamless knowledge-sharing experience in one joined-up digital headquarters, whether your team members are at home, in the office or on the move.
Engaging workers with Invotra Intranet and Portal
Invotra gives publishers the on/off option but encourages that comments and actions be left on for any content that’s live.
Take the latest news article on a homepage as a hypothetical, anyone in your business can immediately react with a post or like. They might @mention a colleague or link to a relevant group they’ve created.
Quickly, you’ll see an exclusive informational ecosystem emerge as people interact with each other on a daily basis.
For management, with analytics and statistics at their disposal, the ability to gauge the mood of their business by reviewing and responding to comments can have a huge impact on work satisfaction as more informed decisions can be made.
Invotra also makes it easy for the CEO or MD to open up a direct line of communication with every worker in the business, creating an open and transparent culture from the top down that strengthens trust and loyalty.
Finally, with Polls and Forms, pose questions and get instant responses to canvass opinions from the people who matter the most.
Working together no matter what
Given the difficulties the pandemic has raised, we must never forget the personalities and the relationships that bind businesses together and drive them forward. If you aren’t doing it already, make your intranet the force that keeps your business flexible and joins your people up.
Get in touch with Invotra Intranet and Portal to learn more about how our product delivers joined-up working every day for our customers.