Intranet resources - January 2015

One of my resolutions for 2015 was to blog more and definitely more about intranets. This is an area
of rapid change and it's important for intranet managers to be aware of the changes and the developments which affect intranet design and usability.

My main way of keeping up-to-date with trends is to use Feedly to monitor blog posts from intranet related blogs and websites. So what follows is a round up of some of the intranet resources I have seen in December and January which I've found interesting.

Published in late November, the "Do's and Dont's of intranet design" from the intranet connections blog takes a look at some of the ways in which you can make your intranet "beautiful". The main thrust of the article is to ensure you use colours across your intranet, but it also include some other tips you can use to avoid "design decay"

A major design issue for companies can be around search. So it was great to read an article on the Step Two Blog which looked at "Search box design" Whilst all intranets should have a search box, there are many different variations on where the search box sits and what it looks like. This article looks at how organisations can optimise the design of the search box for intranets.

There are many ways in which intranets can be used, but an increasingly important use is to faciliate the onboarding of new employees. This is the topic that is discussed in Steve Bynghall's blog post on the Two Hives blog called "Using the intranet for employee onboarding" There are many reasons why you might choose to use an intranet for the onboarding of new employees and Steve's article takes a look at some of these in more detail.

Finally, if you're anything like me at this time of year you're planning how you can burn off all the excess calories you consumed over Christmas. In a similar manner you might be thinking about how you can "Exercise your intranet muscles" this article from Sam Marshall on the CMS Wire blog looks at how you accurately map your intranet strategy so that you get the best "performance" out of your intranet.

So four articles published in the last few months, which are well worth reading if you have an interest in intranets.