Best intranet in the world - and what makes it so good (annotated screenshots)

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As with the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot, we always assumed the perfect intranet was a myth. But now we’ve found the world’s best intranet and have created annotated intranet screenshots explaining its many strengths.

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Best intranet in the world - and what makes it so good (annotated screenshots)

  1. 1. The best intranet in the world
  2. 2. We finally found it ?
  3. 3. We finally found it After… ?
  4. 4. We finally found it After… 600+ benchmarking evaluations ?
  5. 5. We finally found it After… 600+ benchmarking evaluations 100+ live intranet tour webinars ?
  6. 6. We finally found it After… 600+ benchmarking evaluations 100+ live intranet tour webinars 11+ years of research & peer learning ?
  7. 7. Our search is over
  8. 8. Our search is over But what makes this intranet so good?
  9. 9. Our search is over But what makes this intranet so good? What:
  10. 10. Our search is over But what makes this intranet so good? What: • design elements
  11. 11. Our search is over But what makes this intranet so good? What: • design elements • usability practices
  12. 12. Our search is over But what makes this intranet so good? What: • design elements • usability practices • features
  13. 13. Our search is over But what makes this intranet so good? What: • design elements • usability practices • features make this the best intranet we’ve ever seen?
  14. 14. Analysis
  15. 15. A broad variety of colours make the site lively and inviting and they catch the user’s eye.
  16. 16. Not giving the intranet a name ensures people won’t get too emotionally attached.
  17. 17. A global navigation based on the org chart makes it easy for departments to post their content.
  18. 18. Broad, vague, overlapping terms in the navigation make it easy to fit many different types of information there.
  19. 19. A downloadable “canteen” menu at the top of the page is a high-value use of that screen real estate.
  20. 20. Unconventional colour pairings let users know that a lot of of creativity went into the design.
  21. 21. A picture of the CEO on the homepage reminds employees of what’s important.
  22. 22. Including the company’s generically worded mission statement helps people feel inspired every day!
  23. 23. Promotions about activities in HQ help global staff feel connected.
  24. 24. Use of cute pictures for important HR topics helps increase page views.
  25. 25. Bright, lively text assures employees that HR projects and topics are interesting and exciting.
  26. 26. Wide widgets requiring horizontal scroll bars give intranet publishers more space to work with to convey important messages.
  27. 27. Embedding links in “click here” text lets users know that there are links there.
  28. 28. Calling generic corporate news something that sounds personal gives employees a sense of belonging.
  29. 29. Vague, general news headlines entice viewers to click to learn more.
  30. 30. Using ambiguous business language and corporate acronyms shows that company activities are important and the news is professionally written.
  31. 31. Grey backgrounds are hip and modern and convey to employees that the company is too.
  32. 32. Low contrast between text and background colours really gets people to read homepage content carefully.
  33. 33. Using vendors’ names for applications instead of everyday language makes it easier for IT and HR to roll out those applications.
  34. 34. Linking to main sections of the navigation from the “Quicklinks” section increases the chance of people going there.
  35. 35. Showing HR policies on the homepage guarantees that all employees will read and memorize them in their entirety.
  36. 36. Showing HQ operational news to all employees ensures people know how central teams are spending their time.
  37. 37. Putting the “search” box in unconventional locations is fresh and exciting.
  38. 38. Limiting “people search” to last name only ensures employees only search for people they already know.
  39. 39. “Social collaboration” updates from key teams make the intranet social and also collaborative.
  40. 40. Vaguely titled collaborative material from team sites is reminiscent of shared drives and turns searching into a treasure hunt.
  41. 41. Fun, user-generated content on the homepage, like a “joke of the day”, shows that employees’ voices really matter.”
  42. 42. Copying the global navigation into the footer ensures users have key links from the top and bottom of the page.
  43. 43. So…
  44. 44. So… How does your intranet compare to the most beautiful intranet in the world?
  45. 45. Presented by: Happy April 1st, 2014! Truly love intranets? Proud of yours? Visit My Beautiful Intranet 2014: http://bit.ly/MBI2014

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