How the Scottish Government is setting the accessibility agenda

One of the core offerings of our new Digital Nations Group (DNG) is providing a lively forum for members to discuss their own digital issues with other organizations who share similar challenges. Every month we’re running an hour-long online “hangout” where one Digital Nations Group member or guest organization can bring a particularly thorny digital…

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14 competencies for an employee experience (EX) digital strike force

In 2015 we published a blog post on the concept of the Chief Employee Experience Officer (CEEO). As it turned out, days before, Airbnb had announced their own new CEEO and the article resonated deeply with audiences across the globe. Since that article, we’ve seen a steady march towards increased focus on employee experience at…

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Six success factors for a personalized intranet

Good personalization, like good design, should be so well-embedded that you don’t notice it. Our personal digital lives wrap around us in a cocoon of personalized and customized content and services. It may not always seem immediately obvious, but our search results, our social media streams, our online shopping experience, the adverts we see, the…

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7 ‘protips’ for digital workplace professionals from a video gamer

Have you heard? Video games aren’t just for kids any more; the average gamer is 35 years old. They’re not even just for men; 48% of gamers are women. And get this: they’re also not just for the lazy and unemployed; 70% of gamers are high-level executives, including CEOs. CEOs! The people in charge! But…

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What is the first step towards evidence-based intranet success?

Pssst, guess what… I know the secret of making good intranets. More than that, I’ve just gone and proved it with science and numbers. This is it. I know the secret of how to manage intranets successfully. Usability – where it succeeds or not So, let’s wind back a bit. You are sitting watching a…

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Why we really hate email, and implications for future digital workplaces

Email forces us into constant task switching and is inefficient by design. But these particular weaknesses shine a light on the future of digital working and where vendors and experts can lead us. Ugh. We all hate email… am I wrong?! The scourge of the modern workplace. Experts create extensive systems to help people deal…

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Decoding Avanade’s digital workplace approach and language

Avanade, the joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft, has done some solid thinking around digital workplace management. This article articulates the strengths behind their approach and highlights a few quirks that digital workplace leaders need to understand. Okay. I’m not gonna pull any punches here. I’m gonna be totally honest and tell you that Avanade’s…

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Analysis of Gartner’s “8 building blocks for the digital workplace”

Gartner’s “Eight Building Blocks for the Digital Workplace” offers a thoughtful analysis and includes many important strategic topics. This first major foray by Gartner into digital workplace strategy, however, somewhat resembles a list of trends and has a few important gaps. As pioneers of the digital workplace industry and best practices, our team at the…

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Everybody please stop saying “social collaboration”

The phrase “social collaboration” confuses more than it clarifies and, in fact, hides more specific purposes of using enterprise social software. Digital workplace professionals should avoid the term and focus on more targeted business benefits of using social tools. I’m not trying to be rude (it just comes naturally) I know this post might ruffle…

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Do you have a Chief Employee Experience Officer (CEEO) leading your digital workplace?

Two common success factors for digital workplace projects are: 1) cross-functional teams that work across/against organizational silos; and 2) a focus on the user experience. So why not restructure the organization to incorporate these approaches? Large organizations are struggling to keep up If you read the kind of news I do, you get the sense…

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7 ways the goal posts on enterprise search have moved

Intranet search has proved a perennial predicament for digital workplace teams. New trends in search are changing expectations for everything from how search results are displayed to the very nature of what search is. This article describes the key trends behind the shifting goal posts. Some people don’t understand the importance of paid adverts in…

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SLIDESHOW: 30+ lessons from 12 leading intranet homepages

See 12 leading intranet homepages analyzed in the slideshow in this article. Did you miss Digital Workplace 24? That’s a bummer, because it was like Burning Man and TED Talks had a baby called “Digital Workplace and Future of Work” that took place online for 24 hours. But the good news is that we’ve extracted…

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