In the world of internal communications and cloud-based collaboration, Enterprise Social Networks (ESNs) like Yammer and Salesforce are gaining traction as valuable tools. According to a recent survey by Deloitte, more than 90% of Fortune 500 companies “will have partially or fully implemented an Enterprise Social Network” by the end of 2013. ESNs provide employees with a private online space to communicate and collaborate around projects. Often set up like personal social networks, ESNs include profile features, opportunities to connect with peers (for cross-departmental cooperation rather than socialization in this case), and project management functions. Benefits of employing ESNs include:

  • Easier Collaboration: Employees are no longer limited by geography when it comes to working together. The cloud-based character of ESNs allow collaborators to tap in anytime, anywhere.
  • Increased Efficiency: With the ability to set benchmarks and assignments on a project-to-project basis, ESNs can help keep realistic deadlines in sight.
  • Mobility: Many ESNs have apps so you can check in on your projects on the go – an important function in an increasingly connected and mobile world.

To encourage your employees to use your ESN of choice, make it easy for them to understand why the network is important to their job function and how to use it. Rolling training into orientation and distributing a robust how-to guide can help train new and existing employees.

By Prasana William