Social Intranet Readiness Checklist #4 - Do you have a bad experience from intranets?


Earlier this spring, we published a Social Intranet Readiness Checklist that you can apply to your own organization to check whether you are likely to benefit greatly from a solid intranet or not.

If you've answered 'yes' to at least one of the six questions, you should begin looking for a social intranet solution. If you have more than one 'yes', you should get a social intranet running as soon as possible.

We dig deeper into each one of those questions - and continue with the fourth one:

Do you have a previous bad experience of a traditional intranet?

First - don't worry. Most of us have felt the hopelessness of working in an empty intranet that hasn't been updated - or even touched - for days. Or weeks. Or worse.

A bad experience from a traditional intranet actually gives you a better understanding of what a social intranet can bring to your organization. The first thing that needs to be considered iswhy people don't use traditional intranets.

People are used to doing things in packs. If you do something I find interesting, odds are that I will try to do something similar. The same goes for work; if I invent a great way of solving a problem or doing a chore - you will probably want to copy me.


The problem is that it also works the other way around; if i don't use a certain kind of tool - and no one else either - then why should you? Thus, the traditional intranet slowly dies - because it constantly has to be nourished with new info, content - and care.

The social intranet does not die in this way; simply because it's the only place where people will find whatever they are looking for. It will be constantly updated because people make sure it is; through discussions, wiki pages or any other social collaboration tool within the social intranet.


The Social Intranet Readiness Checklist

  1. Would you agree that your company's greatest asset is the knowledge of your employees?
  2. Have you ever experienced heavy loads of internal e-mailing for daily routine matters?
  3. Do you often cooperate with coworkers, partners or customers that are far away from where you are?
  4. Do you have a previous bad experience of traditional intranets that were either confusing or seldom used?
  5. Is it important to you that you own your own business critical data and keep it safe?
  6. Would you like to be able to search your company for knowledge from one single point-of-entry?