Cloud services provider Appirio has released a new social intranet solution designed to help businesses overhaul traditional employee portals.
The solution combines Appirio's EdgeForce Social Intranet Framework together with its technical expertise in human capital management to help users better engage with one another.
Appirio released research, conducted by the International Association for Human Resource Information Management, which found that fewer employee intranets are integrated with social tools.
It found that less then 25% of respondents' portals are integrated with social platforms. And while 85 percent of companies already have some sort of intranet for sharing information, only 39 percent of them are actually driving employee engagement and collaboration through those frameworks.
Jason Averbook, chief business innovation officer at Appirio, said: "According to Gallup, more than 70 percent of international workers consider themselves either not engaged or actively disengaged, costing businesses more than $370B annually.
"This needs to be addressed as we move towards Workplace 2020, where a majority of the workforce are digital natives, multigenerational, highly collaborative and more globally dispersed than ever," he said.
Appirio said it recently applied some of the techniques from its new social solution for Virgin America, when it overhauled the company's employee intranet.
Frances Fiorillo, SVP for people and in-flight services at Virgin America, said: "Within one month of deploying our social intranet with Appirio, 80 percent of users had shared content via Chatter, a social collaboration tool, and site time visits increased from 45 seconds to more than six minutes, contributing to increased employee engagement and social collaboration."
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