Part of the Intranet Usability Guidelines Series
The intranet offers employees a centralized place to stay abreast of news from everyone at the organization; industry news which helps the organization stay competitive; and news about what’s being said about the organization, so employees can improve the image. Further, providing news on the intranet limits excessive emailing within the company. Reading internal news is one of the most common intranet tasks, so the UI should be a simple as possible.
Social features have exploded on intranets, partly because they take some of the load off Corporate Communications teams by enabling employees to communicate with each other on the intranet. These features help employees feel more valued as both human beings and assets to the business. At the same time, the organization can keep a pulse on employees’ ideas and feelings and use this information to improve the business.
(Leadership communication is covered in Information about People, Teams, Departments, and the Company (Incl. Corporate Policies)).
This 169-page report contains 144 design recommendations based on our usability research. Discussions and 109 screenshot illustrations supplement the findings.
The information in these reports is based on three separate rounds of user research with company employees as participants. We used two different research methods:
In total, 176 people tested 42 intranets. The studies took place in the United States, the United Kingdom, Finland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, United Arab Emirates, and China (Hong Kong).
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