10 intranet features that should exist

From favorite food alerts to greeting card generators, these handy gizmos would make office life a tad more tolerable.

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I recently learned that JP Morgan has an online resignation tool as part of its employee engagement program. We expect there’s more to it than a big, red “Sod this, I’ve had enough, I’m off” button on the home page.

But it got us thinking: As well as an “I resign” button, what are the features that an intranet really should have?

1. Office greeting card platitude generator

We’ve all been there. A birthday card goes round the office, and all your usual preferred greetings have been used already.

This tool enables the user to select occasion (birthday, new job, baby) and how much you like them (like, dislike, meh), and ping! “All the best, mate!”

2. “Booked meeting room not being used” alert

Movement sensor in the meeting room checks whether the booker didn’t turn up, and details are made public on the intranet so others can take the room. Future development could include a “name and shame” table of those selfish bastards who book out rooms just in case. Those on the list get low priority on future bookings.

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