9 benefits of intranets that will surprise you

Posted by Niall Sullivan on 11-Sep-2017 08:00:00

If you didn’t know already, the digital workplace is here.

With 67% of organisations seeing an increase in productivity from the implementation of a digital workplace it isn’t going away anytime soon.

With this in mind, you will need to think about the tools that will help you to achieve this.

One of those, is an intranet. In this blog post, we will explain 9 key benefits of intranets that you may not be aware of.

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Topics: do more with less, agile working,

Election 2015: Online collaboration and doing more with less

Posted by John Glover on 23-Feb-2015 17:27:00

'Doing more with less' - many people working in the public sector are no doubt tired of hearing this phrase and its variants by now. The mantra of delivering efficiency in public services has been ever-present since the coalition government was formed in 2010. What's more, it's unlikely to disappear from public sector life at any point in the foreseeable future, regardless of what happens on May 7th.

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Topics: public sector, do more with less, cloud collaboration

Will using a collaboration tool save your department money?

Posted by John Glover on 10-Oct-2014 10:21:00

These days, holding the purse strings for even the smallest public sector budget means you’re performing a delicate balancing act. With senior managers or politicians breathing down your neck to demand major cost savings, you’re also under pressure to deliver more for less.

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Topics: workplace innovation, improving productivity, do more with less

Public sector innovation Do more - and the unexpected - with less

Posted by John Glover on 03-Oct-2012 15:34:00

If you’ve been following this series of blog posts or have downloaded our guide, you’ll know that one of the most powerful ways to achieve ‘more for less’ is by making use of online collaboration.

You’ll also have been struck by the many innovative ways in which public sector organisations have used online collaboration software. These are just some of the examples we’ve covered:

  • London councils collaborating to drive down the costs of vehicle procurement
  • The Land Registry reaching out to 200,000 stakeholders to collaborate on the introduction of a new e-conveyancing system
  • A ‘pledge forum’ for business leaders and others to discuss health and safety issues, launched by the HSE
  • A collaborative database to log unlawful advertising and fly tipping, created by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

What is most remarkable, though, is the way that online collaboration can soon become ingrained in the culture of your public sector organisation. As soon as users realise how easy it is to bring people together online, they start thinking of new ways of using online collaboration to add value to their work. For example, you might start using online collaboration to manage a specific project, but then go on to use the same software to set up a secure intranet.

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Topics: public sector, workplace innovation, do more with less

Improving stakeholder engagement in the public sector

Posted by John Glover on 25-Sep-2012 15:30:00

Overcoming obstacles to meaningful engagement

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Topics: public sector, workplace innovation, stakeholder engagement, do more with less

Cutting public sector IT and software costs

Posted by John Glover on 14-Sep-2012 15:18:00

How making do with less becomes possible

Socitm, the public sector IT directors’ group, identified four priorities for ICT managers in the current climate of financial austerity.

In its report ‘Making do with less’, it argues that these ongoing priorities are particularly important because austerity is having a major impact on the whole public sector — and there are no signs of it ending any time soon.

“While there are variations in the proportions of overall budget allocated to ICT,” Socitm explains, “no organisation has escaped the funding squeeze."

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Topics: do more with less

How to cut staff costs in the public sector

Posted by John Glover on 06-Sep-2012 15:14:00

Ways to reduce employment costs without cutting staff

Perhaps the toughest decisions that are made in the current public sector ‘do less with more’ culture concern staffing.

Make no mistake: the public sector payroll is shrinking dramatically, and it will continue to do so. According to the ONS, 270,000 public sector job cuts were made in 2011 — almost a 7% cut to the workforce. Among those affected included 30,000 NHS staff and 71,000 people working in education, so the axe is falling in even the most politically sensitive areas.

Prospects for many public sector workers continue to look uncertain. Earlier this year, the Office for Budget Responsibility revised the number of public sector jobs it believes will have been cut between 2011 and 2017 from 710,000 to 730,000.

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Topics: workplace innovation, collaboration tools, do more with less

Reducing the cost of public sector procurement

Posted by John Glover on 05-Sep-2012 15:11:00

How online collaboration can stretch your budget further

When the Audit Commission looked at ways that local authorities could deliver better value, one suggestion it made was that councils take a fresh look at the way they procure services and products.

It’s advice that has resonance in much of the public sector. As you’ll learn later in this post, London’s 33 local authorities spend over £100m per year on acquiring and maintaining around 6,000 commercial vehicles. That’s just a drop in the ocean of their combined spending.

So each percentage point of discount they collectively negotiate through better procurement processes can deliver huge savings to the public purse.

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Topics: procurement, do more with less

How to 'do more with less’ with public sector collaboration

Posted by John Glover on 04-Sep-2012 15:06:00

A blog series for public sector managers

If you work in the public sector, you have an insider’s view of the pressure you’re under to make budgets stretch further.

Not only are you likely to have seen central Government funding slashed, but you will also be expected to achieve more stringent targets with less money.

Whether you support it or not, the Government’s argument is that efficiencies can be achieved through measures that include stricter cost control, staff reduction and new ways of working.

That leads organisations across the public sector, from local authorities and the police to central Government departments and commissions to ask the same question: “How can we do more with less?”

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Topics: workplace innovation, do more with less