Rather like those urban legends that persist in doing the rounds – like say the one about New York’s giant sewer gators or the unsuspecting businessmen in strange cities falling prey to kidney thieves – there are a number of myths that have grown up around intranets. You know the scenario – you’ve heard the story so often that a part of you starts to believe it even though you know deep down it’s not true. Well here at MyHub, over the years we’ve heard plenty of myths about intranets. And so in this article, we’ll debunk each of them, once and for all. And like all good countdowns, we’ll start in reverse order.
Intranet Myth #5: An Intranet Is Costly To Set Up
Intranet Myth #4: An Intranet Takes A Long Time To Set Up
Intranet Myth #3: An Intranet Is Hard To Manage
Another myth we frequently hear is that intranets are hard to manage on an ongoing basis. MyHub’s cloud intranet, however, has been specially designed with the non-technical person in mind. This means that not only is it super easy to set up, it’s also super easy to manage.
So far from being cumbersome to manage, the cloud intranet requires only minimal effort to keep it ticking along nicely.
Intranet Myth #2: An Intranet Is Just A Glorified Shared Folder
While it’s true that the motivation for implementing an intranet is often to make it easier to share information, documents and folders across an organization, you’d be wrong to think that is the full extent of what an intranet has to offer. The fact is a cloud intranet comes with a host of powerful business tools and modules that will impact on all aspects of your operations – not just information sharing.
For example, is internal communications a pain point in your business? Perhaps you have large numbers of contractors or remote workers that you’re struggling to stay connected with? Well, the intranet’s online news blogs and newsletters will ensure everyone stays in the loop with timely and consistent company messages and updates.
Perhaps employee engagement is a pain point in your company. We all know that engaged employees tend to be happier and more productive ones with fewer absences and sick leave. Your intranet can be an important mechanism for raising the level of employee engagement in your business. Use the intranet’s quizzes and surveys tool to canvas employees’ views on specific issues. Develop two-way conversations with employees through blogs. And encourage staff members to connect with each other through social intranet features such as staff profiles, activity walls and follow-me functionality.
These are just some of the additional features intranets have to offer which make them so much more than repositories of information and data. And it’s also why many businesses, just like yours, have quickly found that an intranet is an indispensable business tool.
Intranet Myth #1: You Have To Be An IT Expert To Deploy An Intranet
And coming in at the coveted number one spot is the old chestnut that you need to have a PhD in IT before you can set up an intranet. Now rather like those urban myths that we’ve all heard, there is an element of truth in this one. If you’re designing and developing an intranet from scratch or an entirely bespoke intranet, then yes a certain amount of technical know-how will be required. However, this is not the case with cloud intranets like MyHub’s, which nowadays are the most popular choice for businesses by far.
So there we have it – intranets are not the difficult, time consuming and highly technical solutions that perhaps you thought they were. Now as to those other urban myths that we mentioned at the start, remember the one about the kidney heist? Well, just for the record, I can vouch that that one is in fact true as it really did happen to a friend of a friend of my cousin.
Want to find out more about how an intranet could make all the difference to your business? Get in touch with us at MyHub for a no-obligation discussion.