Multilingual Business Communication

June 9, 2009

Internal blogs: a tool for project communication

Filed under: Ankie Dees, employee communication — Tags: , — meertaligebedrijfscommunicatie @ 7:50 pm

 

Is your company’s Knowledge Management system failing? Is it getting nearly impossible to effectively manage crucial documents with your current e-mail applications?  Does key information get buried in a colleague’s inbox, because someone failed to put you in cc?  Then an internal project blog on your corporate intranet might be just the tool you need.

Internal blogging has many advantages over a traditional e-mail system. Of course the blog has to be made accessible to specified individuals and restricted from public view. All the information, ideas and expertise on one or several projects can be centered on the blog. After a project is completed, this blog remains a searchable and structured record.

Sometimes key information completely disappears, for example when someone leaves the company. Usually the old e-mail account becomes dissolved and all the valuable information that used to live there, goes into data purgatory. “It’s forever lost,” says Anil Dash, chief evangelist for Six Apart. “If it’s in a blog, it doesn’t disappear when that person leaves.” With blogs, documents and other information about respective projects remains on the intranet, and critical information is accessible to all who want to see it and who have permission to see it.

With an internal blog as a central point where information flows are captured, everyone who participates and reads it gets up-to-date quickly. This will make your internal meetings more effective. When new people start working on a project, they can review the internal blog’s content and will be able to jump straight in with a clear understanding of how the project evolved.

Source: http://www.cio.com/article/120301/Seven_Reasons_for_Your_Company_to_Start_an_Internal_Blog

April 10, 2009

Are we the ones in charge now?

Filed under: business communication, employee communication — Tags: , , , — meertaligebedrijfscommunicatie @ 5:26 pm

When looking at employee communication, we often consider it as one way traffic from the employer towards the employee. However, I asked myself lately wether this could have been slightly reversed. In the last decade, employees became more and more demanding. They do not settle for just any job available anymore. According to a Weekend Knack questionnaire held amongst 20 year olds, we do not just want to find a job and earn large amounts of money. We mainly want to live the good life. We still work overtime, but instead of being paid for it, we want more holidays in return. This does not mean that we are a lazy generation, we just consider quality time of more importance than materialism.

We do not want money. We want a nice atmosphere, a good company image and flexible working hours.
We do not want certainty. We rather enjoy what we do, also if it is for a short time.
Last but not least, we have faith in ourselves and believe that everything will work out just fine.

I guess this makes us a very demanding generation and I believe employers will become the ones to be flexible, instead of the employees.

Source: Weekend Knack nr.15, April 8th until April 14th, 2009 pg.25-30

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