Do you know how much your digital workplace or intranet is worth to your organisation? How would start to answer the question? With the global economic climate unlikely to improve greatly, organisations will want to know the full benefits to justify before investing in your plans.
In 2015, intranets are now at a jumping off point to become digital workplaces. People are increasingly using different methods to connect whenever they need to. When they connect it is to find information, use apps, share some news or ask for help with a work problem.
In my last three posts I have covered how this is a wonderful opportunity for you to make your digital workplace a great experience, how you need to find everything to avoid it becoming a barren digital desert, to encourage more frequent use and improve people’s productivity.
There are several steps you can take to improve the chances your plans will be approved. To demonstrate the benefits your digital workplace you will need to look beyond traditional financial ‘ROI’ to wider benefits that also help your organisation:
- Have a strategy, governance framework, and information architecture that shows how you support your organisation.
- Demonstrate the full benefits of your plans. Think about the top priorities and goals your organisation has and align with them.
- Find the right methods that can assess the different benefits you identify as possible to achieve. This can be using surveys, polls, or more expert analysis.
- Consider the different ways you can show these benefits to convince your stakeholders. Make sure you talk their language to help them understand your plans.
If you can complete all of these steps, you will have the best chances to gain the resources you need to implement your plans to transform your intranet into a digital workplace.
It may also help show the value you provide as well. More on that in a later post!