7 Adoption Strategies for Enterprise Collaboration


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Enterprise social networks offer a litany of benefits ranging from better employee engagement to faster problem solving. But, getting the maximum ROI is dependent on one thing: successful employee adoption. How do you get more employees involved on the network? How do you get past initial networking barriers and convince them of its value?

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7 Adoption Strategies for Enterprise Collaboration

  1. adoption strategies for enterprise collaboration7
  2. Enterprise social networks offer a litany of benefits ranging from better employee engagement to faster problem solv- ing. But, getting the maximum ROI is dependent on one thing: successful employee adoption. How do you get more employees involved on the network? How do you get past initial networking barriers and convince them of its value? Changing personal work habits is difficult, but not impossible. Check out these 7 strategies to increase adoption.
  3. don’t overwhelm your employees1
  4. don’t overwhelm your employees Social networks always start off with a small group of people and then grow larger. Build your collaboration efforts on a steady stream of small successes. Give your employees time to adjust to new ways of doing things. You can start with teams and then departments. This will allow you to work out any kinks in the system—and give you a ready supply of updates to keep awareness top of mind through- out your organization.
  5. provide clear communication on a regular basis2
  6. provide clear communication on a regular basis It’s ironic that many companies introduce social collaboration platforms without getting feedback or having conversations about it with employees. Ongoing communication—starting even before you roll out—is important if you want to build trust and universal buy-in. • • • • • Survey employees about what problems they’d like a collabora- tion platform to solve Brand the collaboration effort at your company by enlisting a creative team or asking your whole company to collaborate on the best tagline and logo Use hands-on activities—such as brown bag lunches with champions or “super users,” focus groups and road shows Provide a forum for asking questions and addressing concerns head on And, make sure your employees know who they can talk to for basic information, suggestions and support
  7. teach the why as much as the how 3
  8. teach the why as much as the how Training around your new collaboration platform should explain what it’s for, what processes will be impacted and how to use it, but it’s even more important to explain to employees why it’s so important. Outline specific use cases to demonstrate what’s really in it for your employees. Show customer service how they can use the platform to answer their customer’s questions faster. Show sales reps how to benefitfromconnectionswithproductspecialists.Crowdsourcemore use-case ideas from your employees—using the platform itself— and frame all the examples within the larger context of the social media revolution. Consider making training sessions available in person and online. Produce and distribute video success stories, and employ super us- ers of the collaboration tools to mentor others. Tailor your training by department or team if necessary, and don’t forget to revamp your employee orientation program to include collaboration training right from the start.
  9. show, don’t tell 4
  10. show, don’t tell According to IDC’s Michael Fauscette, the more people who use a collaboration platform, the more people will want to use it. Some- times it helps to start with your corporate communications and HR team. Have them post company-wide announcements, such as the next quarter earnings call and other important news that relates to everyone in the company. And don’t forget to thank your CEO, top management, super users and new users alike when they demon- strate examples of good use of the platform.
  11. gamify the adoption process 5
  12. gamify the adoption process Increased productivity isn’t always enough incentive for people to adopt a new communication platform. By using “gamification,” add- ing gaming elements to get people collaborating, you can create more buzz around your new technology through a little friendly competition. Basic components include: Make it fun, but not frivolous, and make sure you don’t reward behavior that you’re trying to eliminate. And, it helps to reward teams of people working together, not just single employees. • • • Clearly identified challenges, with well-defined rules, which can be performed within a set timeframe A series of rewards and incentives, such as badges, that can be earned for doing things like posting helpful messages, col- laborating outside your normal silo etc. Online recognition through leader boards, group rankings, points needed, etc.
  13. integrate new tools into your workflow 6
  14. integrate new tools into your workflow Whenyouthinkaboutbusinessapplicationsthatgetthemostadoption, expense report procedures tend to top the list. This is because without adhering to the process employees won’t be reimbursed. The same concept can be applied to collaboration tools: integrate them into your existing business processes and simply make it harder for employees to avoid using. Integrating these platforms with all other businessapplicationsalsomakesitaseamlessexperiencethat’seasy. Your collaboration tools should replace—not supplement—older methodsofinteraction,andshouldlinktoimportantback-endsystems like SharePoint or your CRM solution, according Laurie Buczek, who led strategy and implementation of social collaboration mid-stream. “Your intranet should be one in the same with your social platform,” she said. “Your social platform must seamlessly be an integral part of that experience. Don’t ship off your employees to a separate site to socially engage & collaborate.”
  15. collaborate with your vendor 7
  16. Your collaboration solution provider can be a valuable ally in your ef- fort to engage employees. They can hook you up with other custom- ers who’ve had adoption success, and can give you their own ideas of what could work best in your enterprise. After all, isn’t that what collaboration’s all about? collaborate with your vendor
  17. Enterprise social networking adoption isn’t something that happens overnight, but relying on organic growth isn’t the fastest way either. Typically, some employees will get started right away, but others will respondbettertoincentives.Byapplyingtherightadoptionstrategies, catering to your organization’s diverse interests and business needs, you can start to see more use of the network and eventually the busi- ness value you’ve been waiting for. conclusion
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