8 ways to launch an employee-centric intranet

The American Medical Association turned an outdated intranet into a hub of collaboration. Here are strategies for pulling that off in your own relaunch.

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Is your intranet so bad that your employees’ critiques of it read like mean tweets?

That’s how it was at the American Medical Association, where staffers offered comments such as: “It is not visually appealing, search is worthless, navigation is practically impossible, and the information is stale,” says Catherine Williams, employee communications manager.

Time for a revamp. In “Redesign an award-winning intranet with employee-centric strategies,” Williams describes the AMA’s redesign of its SharePoint internal channel in a session full of useful pointers for communicators.

Founded in 1847 and headquartered in Chicago, the 1,000-employee organization launched a new intranet that has become a dynamic hub of communications and interaction. It replaced an intranet that didn’t live up to the organization’s lofty reputation.

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