Every organization has two modes that need to be handled: “business as usual”, and “business as UNususal”.
The balance between them—how much collective time spent in respective mode—is dependent on the organization’s mission, nature, leadership, size, age and several other factors. To recognize that the two modes exist in every organization, and to build a collection of digital services that supports work in both modes, is imperative if you want to deliver a great digital employee experience.
You know the classic templates for an intranet? Home page, one or two versions of Nav page, Content page, and News page. In Region Skåne, we are splitting the content page into two different templates—”the service page”, and “the inspiration page”. Right now, we will use them in the special section for managers. Later, on the whole intranet.
There is no such thing as a generally good tool; there are only tools good for particular jobs. Contrary to the hopes of countless managers, technology is not an infinitely elastic piece of fabric that can be stretched to cover any situation. Instead, a good social tool is like a good woodworking tool–it must be designed to fit the job being done, and it must help people do something they actually want to do.
Clay Shirky: Here Comes Everybody, p 265