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The role of the intranet in the digital workplace

Like it or not, flexible work environments are playing a key role in attracting and retaining employees. Companies that want to hire and retain the best need to be willing to break down their established structures and policies in order to engage employees.

  • Forty-three percent of employees spend at least some time working remotely
  • 53 percent of employees say a role that allows them to have greater work-life balance is “very important”
  • 51 percent of business leaders say outdated and inadequate technology impacts their ability to retain skilled workers.
  • 74 percent of workers say that employers do not give them access to the latest technology to help them do their job more effectively and efficiently.

It’s a massive shift, and it’s redefining where and how employees do their work—and what the workplace looks like. And in order to stay competitive, smart business leaders will need to shift, too.

Employee engagement is more important than ever

With employees scattered around the globe and an increasing number of employees working outside the office, companies must work harder to cultivate an environment that engages employees—whether they are in the office or working remotely.

But it’s easier said than done. According to Gallup, over two-thirds of employees are disengaged with their work and failing to find solutions to the problem can have serious consequences. Disengaged employees cost U.S. businesses between $483 billion to $605 billion annually, and they are twice as likely as engaged workers to seek new jobs.

So what does this have to do with a company intranet? More than you think.

Now, more than ever employees need a place to gather and feel connected with their team and organization. In today’s digital workplace, the employee intranet is slowly evolving into modern work platforms that enable employees to communicate, collaborate, and most importantly—connect.

The intranet is the new water cooler

Traditionally, intranets were a single place where employees could go to access company information and business apps, and this core goal remains unchanged. But unlike the old static intranets of the past, modern intranets are transforming into digital hubs where employees can communicate, collaborate, and complete work across their enterprise systems. In today’s digital workplace, the intranet is the office water cooler.

And business leaders are catching on to the value of the intranet. A joint study between Sapho and IDG Research found 87 percent of business leaders plan on making an effort to expand or upgrade their intranets in the near future.

Sapho helps businesses transform their employee intranet into an interactive hub where employees can complete work tasks and access important information from all their enterprise systems—whether legacy, on-premises, or SaaS. Employees benefit from a personalized list of tasks, simplified access to information, as well as an easy way stay in touch with co-workers, receive relevant data updates, and upload any content they create—no matter where they are.

In the digital workplace, the intranet needs to do more—and with Sapho, it can.

Topic: Digital workplace

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